Taking the guesswork out of my job completely, Pixar extended its run of impressive box office performances on Friday with the release of Toy Story 3. Debuting in 4,028 theatres, including a record-setting 2,463 3D venues, Buzz and Woody took in an estimated $41 million – nearly double the previous first day record for a Pixar release. With overwhelmingly glowing reviews to match the film’s built-in, um… buzz, Toy Story 3 will easily top The Incredibles’ $70.5 million opening weekend record and may even surpass Shrek the Third to claim the all-time animated opening record of $121.6 million by this time Monday. And then there’s Jonah Hex. The weekend’s other major release notched a puny $2 million on Friday from its 2,825 locations on its way to a weekend in the $6 million range – only slightly better than MacGruber. Full details on this weekend’s highs and lows when you check back tomorrow.
|1||Toy Story 3||$41,000,000||$41|
|2||The Karate Kid||$8,900,000||$86.1|