Cars 2 Zooms to the top of the Box Office

It’s no surprise that Pixar’s Cars 2 opened on top of the box office. It’s an animated film from Disney and Pixar, the animation giant. What is surprising is that it did better than the original pulling in $68 million despite bad reviews (a first for a Pixar feature) and middling word of mouth. (The original Cars opened to $60 million.)  However, it seems families are eating this one up and it should hold well in the weeks ahead… Another film exceeding expectations this weekend was the Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher which pulled in a great $31 million considering the film only cost around $20 million. Looks like audiences are really embracing their naughty ladies this summer with Teacher and the smash Bridesmaids which continues strong in the top ten having taken in a massive $146 million. (Hello, most pundits thought this one would top out at $65 million!)… And now to the bad news, Green Lantern plummeted in its second weekend falling 65% to $18.3 million which now looks like it will become a big money loser for Warner Brothers. At least that studio has the incredibly successful Hangover Part 2 to fall back on. That film has now become the top grossing R-rated film in history worldwide with a whopping total of $527 million. For more on these films and all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here… And check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Cars 2 BV $68,000,000 – 4,115 – $16,525 $68,000,000 – 1
2 N Bad Teacher Sony $31,000,000 – 3,049 – $10,167 $31,000,000 – 1
3 1 Green Lantern WB $18,350,000 -65.5% 3,816 – $4,809 $89,311,000 $200 2
4 2 Super 8 Par. $12,100,000 -43.6% 3,424 +16 $3,534 $95,186,000 $50 3
5 3 Mr. Popper’s Penguins Fox $10,300,000 -44.2% 3,342 +3 $3,082 $39,448,000 $55 2
6 4 X-Men: First Class Fox $6,600,000 -44.7% 2,633 -742 $2,507 $132,815,000 $160 4
7 5 The Hangover Part II WB $5,865,000 -41.8% 2,755 -705 $2,129 $243,943,000 $80 5
8 7 Bridesmaids Uni. $5,372,000 -24.3% 2,031 -542 $2,645 $146,659,000 $32.5 7
9 8 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides BV $4,702,000 -29.3% 2,244 -498 $2,095 $229,060,000 $250 6
10 9 Midnight in Paris SPC $4,481,000 -8.3% 951 -87 $4,712 $28,580,000 $30 6

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