Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cars 2 Cruised To No. 1 In Opening Weekend

'Cars 2' (Pixar/Disney)Pixar Animation in Los Angeles remains undefeated when it comes to box-office races. The Disney unit's animated sequel of Cars 2 cruised to a No. 1 with a $68 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates last Sunday.  Pixar, makes 12 wins in a row since the company's first feature film, 1995's Toy Story.  

The original Cars had a $60.1 million debut in 2006, but factoring in today's higher admission prices, it sold more tickets than Cars 2. It added $42.9 million in 18 overseas markets, giving it a worldwide total of $110.9 million. 


Domestically, Cars 2 nearly matched the $68.1 million debut of Disney-Pixar's Up two years ago, though it was well below the company's record of $110.3 million for last year's Toy Story 3.


FILE - In this file film publicity image released by Disney-Pixar, animated characters Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, foreground left, Mater, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, center, and Finn McMissile, voiced by Michael Caine, right, are shown in a scene from 'Cars 2.' Cars 2” cruised to a No. 1 finish with a $68 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, June 26, 2011. That makes 12 wins in a row for Pixar since 1995’s “Toy Story.” (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar, File)



Cars 2 features Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy reprising their voice roles for race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater as the two are caught up in a spy adventure during an international racing tour.


The international haul for Cars 2 included $9.3 million in Russia, $8.1 million in Mexico and $7.6 million in Brazil. The estimated ticket sales for last Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com, Cars 2 gets $68 million ($42.9 million international).

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