Box Office: 'Cars 2' and 'Bad Teacher' power huge weekend
Not only did "Cars 2" surpass pre-release polling which suggested it could open below its predecessor's $60 million 2005 bow, but it ended up cracking the top 5 of all-time Pixar openings. The $68 million debut was more than enough for Disney execs to breathe easy about its domestic prospects. Especially since it reportedly cost close to $200 million. Luckily, an expected $10 billion in merchandising sales for the franchise overall should more than make up for any loss in theaters.
Also having a fine debut in the second slot was Cameron Diaz's "Bad Teacher." The R-rated comedy pulled in $31 million for the three-day, which was about $6 million higher than industry expectations. After the back to back success of both "Teacher " and "Bridesmaids," lets hope studios decide to let the ladies have their share of non-romantic comedies.
Dropping 65% in its second weekend was the disappointing "Green Lantern." With just another $18.3 million this past weekend and $89.3 million in 10 days, the Emerald Crusader is having a big screen debut on par with Ang Lee's "Hulk" or Ben Affleck's "Daredevil." "Green Lantern" will certainly hit the $125 million mark domestically, but this was not the franchise starter DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. were hoping for.
"Super 8" continued to benefit from a lack of adult skewing films in the marketplace grossing another $12.1 million for a new cume of $95.1 million. It will be close, but J.J. Abrams nostalgic adventure could equal its approximately $140 million production budget in ticket sales.
Dropping to fifth was the family friendly "Mr. Popper's Penguins." The Jim Carrey kiddie flick had a lower than expected start last weekend, but grossed another $10.3 million over the weekend for an estimated gross of $38 million in just 10 days.
This week finds the debut of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Larry Crowne" and "Monte Carlo" all in time for the fourth of July holiday weekend.
Final box office results are released on Monday.
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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