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Cars 2 races to US top spot with $68 million

Cars 2

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY and Pixar have scored another success with Cars 2. The film has raced to top spot at the US box office with $68 million.

John Lasseter’s franchise reboot opened ahead of pre-weekend expectation, as pundits had started at the high-$40 million mark, before being re-adjusted after Friday’s strong opening ($25.7 million) to $60 million.

But the estimated $68 million shows that Pixar’s pulling power continues to hold no bounds as cinema-goers can’t get enough of the quality that is now almost synonymous with their name.

Ironically, the only ‘disappointment’ surrounding Cars 2‘s performance was another poor showing for 3D showings, which accounted for only approximately 40% of its opening figure.

The figures mark the latest blow for the 3D format (following disappointments with a number of other summer blockbusters) and all eyes will now focus on Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which has been extensively marketed on its 3D format.

Elsewhere at the US weekend box office, Sony’s R-rated comedy Bad Teacher also exceeded expectations with an estimated $31 million debut.

The comedy, which opened in the UK a week earlier, stars Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.

Warner Bros.’ 3D holdover The Green Lantern saw a big drop in its second week, down a massive 65% for an estimated $18.4 million.

Having opened weaker than this year’s other superhero blockbusters, it also fell harder.

Jim Carrey vehicle Mr. Popper’s Penguins fared better, dropping 44% for an estimated $10.3 million.

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