"Cars 3" cruising to $50M-plus debut

Posted June 25, 2017

"Wonder Woman" fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it's still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office.

"Cars 3" grossed $19.5 million Friday after nabbing an A CinemaScore - the eighth consecutive Pixar release to do so. The first "Cars" movie opened in 2006 to $60 million and its 2011 sequel grossed $66 million over its first weekend in theaters.

"Wonder Woman" finished in second place with an estimated $40.7 million, bringing its domestic total to just below $275 million.

As for the rest of the debuts, All Eyez on Me collected $27 million, landing in third place. The movie once again stars Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, alongside newcomers Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo).

However, Cars 3 could not make another penny, and it wouldn't mean a thing to Disney as the Cars franchise has generated more than $10 billion in merchandise sales.

47 Meters Down settled for fifth with $11.5 million. It's the first major release from Entertainment Studios, which acquired the project from its original distributor, Dimension Films. The space adventure has earned a solid $375 million domestic and $470 million foreign for a worldwide tally of $844 million. The film, about a bachelorette party weekend gone wrong, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell, took in a paltry $8.1 million against a $20 million production budget. Pinkett-Smith slammed the movie as "deeply hurtful". Sony can't be happy with the performance of the R comedy "Rough Night", which only took in $8 million on over 3,000 screens.

6 million, while holdover "The Mummy" slid to fourth place in weekend two with $13.9 million. Lucia Aniello directed the film.