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Cars 3 on top in US as All Eyez on Me and 47 Meters Down over-perform

Cars 3

Story by Jack Foley

Pixar and Disney’s Cars 3 dominated the US box office at the weekend, taking an estimated $53.5 million to easily displace DC’s Wonder Woman from the top spot.

The animated three-quell was expected to perform well with families and was the 16th Pixar film to open at No.1.

But the news wasn’t all good. Cars 3 came in 19% behind the $66.1 million debut of Cars 2 in 2011 on its way to earning $562.1 million worldwide, while the original Cars, which opened in 2006, debuted to $60.1 million before topping out at $462.2 million worldwide. It means that even Pixar properties are showing signs of franchise fatigue, even though the accompanying merchandise is expected to be a huge money-spinner.

This time around, the plot finds legendary Lightning McQueen (once again voiced by Owen Wilson) pushed out of the sport he loves by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, forcing him to enlist the help of a young race technician (Cristela Alonzo) to help him get back in the game.

If Cars 3 proved the weekend’s big winner, there were plenty of other headline makers. Wonder Woman may have slipped to second but it fell a scant 30% in its third weekend of US release, taking $40.8 million for a US haul of $274.6 million.

It means the Warner Bros. movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, enjoyed one of the best third weekends in history for a superhero film.

And internationally, Wonder Woman‘s hold is almost as good, earning another $39.5 million for a foreign total of $297.2 million and $571.8 million worldwide.

Another big headline saw the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, directed by Benny Boom, take third spot, well ahead of expectations with $27.1 million. Named after Shakur’s fourth studio album, and released on what would have been the iconic rapper’s 46th birthday, the biopic stars Demetrius Shipp Jr.

And in a surprise upset, Scarlett Johansson comedy Rough Night was beaten to fifth spot by the low budget female-led shark thriller 47 Meters Down, starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. The film grossed $11 million, well ahead of Rough Night‘s $8.1 million.

The Johansson-starrer, an R-rated comedy, co-stars Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Zoe Kravitz as a group of friends who gather for a weekend-long bachelorette bash, only to find things taking a dark turn.

Rounding out the US top five was Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy, which slipped to fourth spot with $13.9 million for a 10-day US total of $56.6 million through Sunday.

The film, which has disappointed in the US, does continue to do solid business overseas, where it won the weekend with $53 million from 68 markets for a foreign total of $239.1 million and a global haul of $295.6 million. It means Universal’s hopes for a Dark Universe franchise remain possible.