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Pixar’s latest effort, Cars 2, opened Friday but how will it measure up to the company’s previous blockbusters?
Pixar’s No. 1 box office performer is Toy Story 3, which has amassed more than a billion dollars in total box office revenue ($415 million domestic, $648 million foreign). The No. 2 spot belongs to 2003’s Finding Nemo ($339.7 million domestic, $528.2 million foreign), followed by 2009’s Up ($293 million domestic, $428 million foreign). The Incredibles and Ratatouille round out the Top 5.
STORY: ‘Cars 2’ Roars Out of the Gate, Beats Expectations
Disney was prepared for Cars 2 to post a lower opening than usual for a Pixar title, but early estimates on Friday indicate that pic is on track to gross in the low $20 million range on its opening day, and $63 million to $67 million for the weekend. The first Cars grossed $19.7 million on its opening Friday for a domestic debut of $60.1 million.
Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable guy reprise the roles of Lightning McQueen and Mater, respectively, in the film which The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy says features “cooler cars and more action than Fast Five, [but] is notably less refined and more rambunctious than Pixar’s recent run of artistic gems.”
PIXAR AT THE BOXOFFICE
1. Toy Story 3 (2010) $415 mil domestic $648 mil foreign $1.063 bil total
2. Finding Nemo (2003) $339.7 mil domestic $528.2 mil foreign $867.9 mil total
3. Up (2009) $293 mil domestic $438 mil foreign $731.3 mil total
4. The Incredibles (2004) $261.4 mil domestic $370 mil foreign $631.4 mil total
5. Ratatouille (2007) $206 mil domestic $417 mil foreign $623.7 mil total
6. Monsters Inc. (2001) $255.9 mil domestic $269.5 mil foreign $525.4 mil total
7. Wall-E (2008) $224 mil domestic $297 mil foreign $521.3 mil total
8. Toy Story 2 (1999) $245.8 mil domestic $239.3 mil foreign $485 mil total
9. A Bug’s Life (1998) $161.8 mil domestic $200.6 mil foreign $363.4 mil total
10. Toy Story (1995) $191.8 mil domestic $170.2 mil foreign $361.9 mil total
Additional reporting by Stephen Galloway.
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