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    'CARS 2' box office race

    'Cars 2' Roars Out of the Gate, Beats Expectations

    Besting expectations, Disney and Pixar's 3D toon Cars 2 is on track to gross in the low $20 million range at the Friday box office, 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.

    Tracking had suggested that Cars 2 would open in the $50 million to $55 million range, one of the lowest openings for a Pixar title.


    Friday's performance was good news for Disney, considering the sequel cost $200 million to produce. It's also a testament to the incredible merchandising power of Cars.

    Box Office Report: 'Cars 2' Roars Out of the Gate, Beats Expectations - The Hollywood Reporter

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    That pretty much affirms what we alrady know: Critics don't define success or popularity.

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    'Cars 2' Opens to a Robust
    $25.7 Mil on Friday

    UPDATED: Pixar sequel is looking at a
    $67 million-$70 million weekend

    Signaling a key victory for Pixar and Disney, Cars 2 earned an estimated $25.7 million at the Friday box office, putting it on course to gross as much as $67 million to $70 million for the weekend.

    There had been concern that the sequel wouldn’t be able to match the $60.1 million grossed by the original Cars. Now, Cars 2 is looking to score one of the best debuts of 2011 domestically.
    Box Office Report: 'Cars 2' Opens to a Robust $25.7 Mil on Friday - The Hollywood Reporter

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Quote Originally Posted by RiversOfAmerica View Post
    That pretty much affirms what we alrady know: Critics don't define success or popularity.
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    'Cars 2' Speeds to $68 Million, Beating Original Movie's Opening

    Cars 2 easily won the domestic box office race, grossing $68 million and far outpacing expectations, not to mention beating the $60.1 million debut of the original Cars.

    The $200 million 3D toon scored the fourth best opening of 2011, and delivers Pixar its 12th No. 1 opening.

    Overseas, the Pixar sequel—set on foreign shores this time—displayed plenty of horsepower, grossing $42.9 million from 18 markets for a worldwide debut of $110.9 million.
    If there was a sour note, the downturn in the 3D market continued. Grosses from 3D theaters accounted for 40% of the toon’s total bow, the lowest margin to date for a big studio film.

    Disney said a contributing factor is the popularity of Pixar titles—and Cars in particular—at drive-in theaters, which haven’t been converted to 3D. There are about 500 drive-ins nationwide.

    Rival studios pointed out that Cars 2 dropped 10% from Friday to Saturday, suggesting that bad reviews, unusual for a Pixar title, may have had an impact. Disney said the drop had to do with the fact that most kids are out of school now, with Friday playing more like a Saturday. Opening on the same weekend last year, Toy Story 3 also dropped 10% on Saturday.

    Those going to see Cars 2 seemed to have little complaint; the toon received an A- CinemaScore.

    At the international box office, Cars 2 grossed $9.3 million in Russia—a boom market for 3D—to grab the best debut ever for a Pixar title. In Australia, the toon grossed $5.2 million to best Kung Fu Panda 2 in a head-to-head battle.
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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Cars2 grossed $42,900,000 overseas in its first weekend, so the film's first weekend actual total is $110,900,000. Details here: Cars 2 (2011) - Box Office Mojo

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    'Cars 2' Races Past
    'Kung Fu Panda 2' Overseas

    The Disney/Pixar sequel debuted to $42.9 million
    at the international box office, beating
    DreamWorks Animation's sequel's $37—
    despite playing in fewer territories.

    Pixar/Disney’s Cars 2 in 3D posted a swift No. 1 opening lap on the foreign theatrical circuit, beating comparable overseas debuts of previous Pixar outings. Director-coscripter John Lasseter’s animation adventure comedy drew $42.9 million overall from 18 overseas territories, which represent what Disney described as “25% of our potential performance.”

    The opening take was 127% ahead of the comparable figure registered by the 2006 Cars original, which grossed $217.9 million offshore.

    In addition, said Disney, the Cars 2 debut beat that of 2009’s Up (which grossed a total of $438.3 million foreign) by 80%.

    The weekend also outpaced that of 2007’s Ratatouille (with a foreign cume of $417.3 million) by 77%; and that of 2010’s Toy Story 3 ($648.2) by 4%.

    Biggest Cars 2 markets were Russia ($9.3 million), Mexico ($8.1 million), Brazil ($7.6 million), Italy ($5.7 million) and Australia ($5.2 million). Disney said that the opening three-day gross total worldwide came to $110.9 million.
    Box Office Report: 'Cars 2' Races Past 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Overseas - The Hollywood Reporter

    ---------- Post added 06-26-2011 at 10:37 PM ----------

    Disney and Pixar’s ‘Cars 2’ a Hit in Red States

    Even though Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 is set overseas this time—with big oil playing the enemy—the 3D toon did best in America’s heartland, a.k.a., the red states.

    The turnout was so strong that the pic roared past expectations to gross an impressive $68 million in its domestic box office debut.

    In the sequel, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) travels to Tokyo, Italy and London to participate in the Grand World Prix. He’s accompanied by Mater the tow truck, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, the ultimate hick.

    Mater plays more of the lead this time, and is inadvertently swept up in an international espionage case involving big oil trying to squash the alternative fuel movement.

    Some conservatives lashed out at Pixar CEO and Cars 2 director John Lasseter over the storyline. The Lonely Conservative, a blog, accused the movie business of trying to indoctrinate children with “left wing propaganda.”

    But Cars 2 lost none of its appeal in flyover states, where both Larry the Cable Guy and NASCAR are immensely popular.

    As with the first film, Cars 2 overperformed in the South, Midwest, South Central (including Texas) and Mountain states.

    But if the big oil vs. alternative fuel wasn’t a turn off for more conservative parts of the country, nor was it a draw for more liberal regions. Cars 2 underperformed on the East Coast, and slightly underperformed on the West.

    Reviewers were largely critical of Cars 2, unusual for a Pixar title. Yet moviegoers gave the film an A-CinemaScore. Males made up 53% of those buying tickets for the toon, while 36% of the audience was under the age of 12.

    Cars 2 enjoyed a great launch overseas, where it grossed $42.9 million from 18 territories (repping about 25% of the international market).
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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Back at the domestic box office, Disney’s Cars 2 placed No. 2 on Friday, grossing $7.9 million for a cume of $98.8 million in its first eight days.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-report-transformers-trounces-207777

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Pixar's reputation of being a hit machine is secure. So much for those "warning signs".

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Placing No. 2 over the holiday weekend, Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 grossed $25.1 million through Sunday for a domestic cume of $116 million, even though it fell off more than usual for a Pixar title.

    The 3D toon is expected to earn another $5.5 million Monday, upping its total to $121.5 million.
    Box Office Report: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Scores Third-Best Global Bow Ever - The Hollywood Reporter

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Pixar/Disney’s Cars 2, which topped foreign box office last weekend, finished in second place internationally this time, grossing $22.1 million from 19 territories, down by nearly half from the opening session. Foreign cume for director-coscripter John Lasseter’s animation adventure comedy stands at $82.2 million while the worldwide total gross is $198.3 million.

    Disney notes that so far, the Cars sequel has played about 35% of the international market and is outpacing in the same territories such previous Pixar outings as the 2006 Cars original by 123%, 2007’s Ratatouille by 67% and 2009’s Up by 57%.

    The biggest markets are Mexico (cume $16.4 million), Russia ($15.6 million), Brazil ($11.8 million) and Italy ($10.2 million).

    Openings in nine markets including Argentina and Spain are on tap this week.
    'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Dominates Overseas Box Office With $210 Million Bow - The Hollywood Reporter

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Disney and Pixar’s Cars 2 came in No. 4 for the weekend domestically, grossing $15.2 million for a cume of $148.8 millon.

    Overseas, the 3D toon grossed $26.9 million for a cume of $121.6 million and worldwide total of $270.4 million.
    Box Office Report: 'Horrible Bosses' Opens to Strong $28.1 Mil As 'Transformers' Becomes Year's No. 1 Movie - The Hollywood Reporter
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Domestic:

    Disney/Pixar pic Cars 2, which grossed $8.3 million for a domestic cume of $165.3 million.
    International:

    No. 3, Pixar/Disney’s Cars 2, grossed $12.4 million in its fourth weekend on the foreign circuit, down 52% from the prior round. Director John Lassiter’s animation comedy has registered a total overseas tally of $146.6 million thus far with openings in the U.K. and South Korea due this week.
    Box Office Report: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Sets Opening Record Abroad - The Hollywood Reporter

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    Weekend gross: $5,726,000
    Domestic total: $176,445,438


    Photos: Top 10 movies at the box office - latimes.com

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    Re: 'CARS 2' box office race

    International:

    Third on the weekend was Pixar/Disney’s Cars 2, which registered $17.7 million in its fifth round on the foreign theatrical circuit, hoisting is overseas cume to $173.7 million and its worldwide take to $350.1 million – just about evenly split between domestic and offshore action.

    A U.K. debut for the 3D animation about talking autos produced $6.1 million from an unspecified number of locations. Disney said the market debut was 25% better than the comparable market bow of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2.

    Foreign box office for Cars 2 overall should spurt this week thanks to openings in France, Germany and Japan.
    Box Office Report: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' Braves a 61 Percent Drop; Still No. 1 Overseas - The Hollywood Reporter

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