Box-Office Preview: 'Cars 3' to Rev Past 'Wonder Woman'
A trio of smaller films will also open nationwide this weekend, including Tupac biopic 'All Eyez on Me' and raunchy female comedy 'Rough Night.'
The summer season's first animated event film should have no trouble speeding past the competition.
From powerhouse Pixar/Disney, Cars 3 is projected to gross $55 million or more in its North American debut this weekend, enough to finish No. 1 and beat blockbuster Wonder Woman, now in its third weekend.
The first two Cars films together have earned north of $1 billion at the global box office — in addition to spawning a merchandising bonanza for Disney and Pixar.
A trio of other films will also open nationwide this weekend.
Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me is tipped to fare the best after Cars 3 with a solid domestic debut in the $20 million-plus range for Lionsgate/Summit. Directed by Benny Boom, the film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the late iconic rapper.
From Sony, the R-rated female comedy Rough Night is expected to land in the mid-teen millions in its domestic launch. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Zoe Kravitz as a group of friends who gather for a weekend-long bachelorette bash.
This summer's shark entry, 47 Meters Down, isn't expected to swim past $6 million in its launch. Starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, the pic is the first major title from independent distributor Entertainment Studios.
At the specialty box office, new offerings include Focus Features' The Book of Henry, directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) and starring Naomi Watts.