'Cars' wows theater owners in first public screening
LAS VEGAS, March 15 (Reuters) - Movie theater owners gave an enthusiastic reception to Pixar Animation Studios Inc.'s film "Cars" at its first public screening at a Las Vegas trade show late on Tuesday.
Expectations are high for the movie since Pixar, which has agreed to be bought by Walt Disney Co., has an unbroken series of hits and makes films at the pace of about one a year.
The G-rated movie, set for release on June 9, tells the story of up-and-coming race car Lightning McQueen, who learns to savor life in the slow lane after becoming trapped in a once-thriving Route 66 town that the freeway bypassed and the world forgot.
"I thought it was a great movie," said Kevin MacLeod, executive vice president of Empire Co Ltd's Empire Theatres, a Nova Scotia-based chain with 380 screens. MacLeod said he believed the film would have the same broad appeal as Pixar's biggest hit "Finding Nemo".