Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Cars 3 speeds to No 1 at US box office

Cars 3 speeds to No 1 at US box office

The haul by "Cars 3" beat "Wonder Woman", which had box-office sales of $40.8 million in its third weekend.

While the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me earned $3.1 million in Thursday previews ahead of Disney and Pixar's animated sequel Cars 3, which cruised to $2.8 million, Cars 3 is pulling ahead of Eyez in the early Friday estimates and looks as if the animated pic will take in about $20 million-plus for the day as it cruises toward a weekend in the mid-to-high $50 million range.

Reviews were mostly positive for Cars 3. Pixar spent around $200 million on "Cars 2", not including marketing, according to Box Office Mojo. Thankfully, he has Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) to train him and a new sponsor (Nathan Fillion's Sterling) funding the entire process as he works hard to return to top form. After three weeks, the latest film in the DC Extended Universe (and the first one featuring a female superhero as the lead) has pulled in an estimated domestic box office total of $275 million so far as well as an global haul of $297 million for an impressive worldwide total of $571 million.

Coming in third is Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' "All Eyez On Me", which was tracking before the weekend for a $17-22 million opening but has proven to be a surprise with an estimated $27 million from 2,471 screens. "Cars 2" collected 34.1 percent of its overall box office domestically, down from 52.8 percent for the 2006 original. Sony's R-rated bachelorette party gone wrong pic earned only $8.1 million against a $20 million budget. However, Universal's Dark Universe tentpole is expected to curse the Entertainment Studios horror to win the weekend $13 million to $10 million. Overseas, the film has banked a far better $239 million so far. It topped the previous two weekend charts. That puts the film on pace to beat the $325.1 million domestic total made by "Suicide Squad" past year.

Also in the top 10 is Rough Night, which comes in seventh with an estimated $8 million from 3,162 locations.

Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Ilana Glazer, and Kate McKinnon's raunchy comedy "Rough Night" had a rough start at just over $3 million from 3,162 locales on Friday. Pixar has now had two films open on the bottom shelf of their portfolio in the last two years, as The Good Dinosaur opened to $39.2 million in November 2015.

With that said, Focus' "The Book of Henry" starring Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay is only expected to take in $1.5 million from 579 theaters this weekend.

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