'Toy Story 3' opens on pace for record

Pixar headed for richest weekend ever for animated film

The animated toys of "Toy Story 3" don't have to worry about audiences abandoning them. Disney's release of the third installment in the blockbuster franchise roared out of the gate, collecting an estimated $41 million at the North American boxoffice on Friday.

The G-rated feature, directed by Lee Unkrich, found business booming at the 4,025 locations where it is playing as it heads toward a weekend haul in the $115 million to $120 million range.

"Toy's" Friday number was nearly double the opening-day gross of last year's Pixar entry "Up," and slightly ahead of the $39.3 million that "Shrek the Third" grabbed on its opening Friday. All of which puts "Toy" on a trajectory that could establish a new opening weekend record for an animated movie if it climbs ahead of the $121.7 million that the third "Shrek" opened to in 2007.

On the other hand, Warners' release of the R-rated "Jonah Hex," the weekend's other new wide release, is proving more a blip on the radar.

Jimmy Hawards' adaptation of the DC Comics Western, starring James Brolin, barely made it to $2 million for the day as it bowed in fifth place.

As it began its second weekend, Sony's "The Karate Kid" was securely situated in second place with about $8.9 million for the day.

Fox's "The A-Team," also entering its sophomore session, was third, picking up $4.2 million.

And rounding out the top five, Paramount's release of DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" checked in in fourth place with around $2.5 million.
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