‘Cars 3’ races to first at box office, knocks ‘Wonder Woman’ down

“Wonder Woman” fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it’s still doing the difficult lifting for the differently muted summer box office.

While many worn out franchises and authorization hopefuls continue to onslaught to find a poignant North American audience, smaller films such as the Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” and the shark thriller “47 Meters Down” were means to mangle by the confusion and make a dash this weekend.

As expected, the third installment in Disney and Pixar’s $1 billion “Cars” authorization simply took the top spot, but its estimated $53.5 million in gain told a some-more difficult tale.

“Cars 3” had the misfortune opening in the series’ story — “Cars” non-stop to $60.1 million and “Cars 2” to $66.1 million — and it was one of the lowest entrance totals for the Pixar brand. It was also a beating compared with the top films over this weekend in 2015 and 2016, remarkable comScore comparison media researcher Paul Dergarabedian.

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A year ago, Pixar’s “Finding Dory” debuted with $135.1 million. In 2015, Jurassic World” raked in $106.6 million in its second weekend.

“That kind of tells you the state of the industry,” Dergarabedian said.

The G-rated “Cars 3” got an “A” CinemaScore and generally certain reviews, but it will have to contend with “Despicable Me 3” which opens in two weeks.

“Wonder Woman” was knocked down to second place with $40.8 million, bringing its domestic sum to $274.6 million, while holdover “The Mummy” slid to fourth place in weekend two with $13.9 million.

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“It’s been a severe summer. we always contend it comes down to product. Are the cinema grabbing people?” Dergarabedian said. “Before ‘Wonder Woman’ we were about 9 percent behind last summer. We’re now at about even, but the attention would like to see better than even.”

Amid the doldrums, lower-profile films were means to make a mark. The longtime-coming Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” warranted $27.1 million to take third place on the charts.

Rough Night fared roughly, only bringing in $8.1 million.

“Rough Night” fared roughly, only bringing in $8.1 million.

Despite mostly disastrous reviews, audiences gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore. Lionsgate’s Codeblack multiplication marketed the pic, which cost Morgan Creek Productions around $40 million to produce. It non-stop to coincide with what would have been the late rapper’s 46th birthday on Jun 16.

“It’s always good to surpass expectations,” pronounced David Spitz, the boss of melodramatic placement for Lionsgate.

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The Mandy Moore shark thriller “47 Meters Down” also exceeded low expectations, earning $11.5 million for a fifth place start. A “C” CinemaScore, however, could meant the pic is passed in the water going forward.

The raunchy R-rated comedy “Rough Night” is also confronting some severe waters forward with its pale “C+” CinemaScore. The film, about a bachelorette party weekend left wrong, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell, took in a insignificant $8.1 million against a $20 million prolongation budget.

“Rough Night” non-stop in seventh place, behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which brought in $8.5 million. The fifth “Pirates” film has warranted $150.1 million domestically and $500 million internationally.

Next week, another fifth installment — “Transformers: The Last Knight” — opens. Dergarabedian expects it follow fit with many of the summer’s franchises and earn the bulk of its income abroad.

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“Sometimes the bigger and better box bureau stories are not at No. 1,” Dergarabedian said. “’All Eyez on Me’ and ‘47 Meters Down’ are the kind of cinema people are looking for. It bodes good for ‘Baby Driver’ and ‘Atomic Blonde.”’

Estimated sheet sales for Friday by Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic total will be expelled Monday.

1.”Cars 3,” $53.5 million.
2.”Wonder Woman,” $40.8 million.
3.”All Eyez on Me,” $27.1 million.
4.”The Mummy,” $13.9 million.
5.”47 Meters Down,” $11.5 million.
6.”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” $8.5 million.
7.”Rough Night,” $8.1 million.
8.”Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” $7.4 million.
9.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” $5 million.
10.”It Comes At Night,” $2.6 million.

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