Friday Box Office – Pixar’s CARS 2 Takes the Lead with $25.7 Million Debut

     June 25, 2011

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It’s always a mistake to bet against Pixar.  Despite predictions that the studio was heading for a crash with its twelfth offering, Cars 2 is shaping up to finish near the top of Pixar’s roster after earning an estimated $25.7 million from 4,115 locations on opening day.  That puts the sequel on track for a weekend in the $65 million range – well above the $40-$50 million Disney was forecasting just days ago.  A three day total north of $68 million would also give Cars 2 the second-best debut in Pixar’s history behind that giant $110 million Toy Story 3 grossed in 2010, but they’re not there quite yet.  One reason for concern is the fact that grownups are not onboard with Cars 2.  With a current Rotten Tomato score of 33% the sequel stands as the studio’s least critically-regarded release by far.  But who cares?  I know two seven year olds who have had June 24th circled on their calendars for months… and I’m pretty sure they don’t read reviews.  Running in second place is this week’s counter-programming contender, Bad Teacher. The R-rated comedy earned an estimated $12.1 million from its 3,049 locations on Friday which should equal a $25 million weekend.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Cars 2 $25,700,000 $25.7
2 Bad Teacher $12,100,000 $12.1
3 Green Lantern $6,000,000 $76.9
4 Super 8 $3,760,000 $86.7
5 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $3,670,000 $32.7
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