Box office report: Cars 3 races past Wonder Woman
Cars 3 revved its engines and roared into first place at the box office this weekend. The third installment in Pixar’s Cars franchise saw the animated feature debut with an estimated $53.5 million domestically and $21.3 million internationally.
But while the movie fared well with audiences (an A on CinemaScore) and received favorable reviews, it didn’t perform as high as recent Pixar sequels Toy Story 3 ($110 million) and Finding Dory ($135.1 million) did on their opening weekends. Even its predecessor, Cars ($60 million), and the poorly reviewed Cars 2 ($66 million) earned more during their first weekends out (adjusted for inflation).
Cars 3 sees the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as the red race car contends with growing old after getting in an accident while racing against his new rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). Thankfully, he has Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) to train him and a new sponsor (Nathan Fillion’s Sterling) funding the entire process as he works hard to return to top form.
In second place is Wonder Woman with an estimated $40.8 million after seeing only a 30 percent drop in the domestic box office after last week. After three weeks, the latest film in the DC Extended Universe (and the first one featuring a female superhero as the lead) has pulled in an estimated domestic box office total of $275 million so far as well as an international haul of $297 million for an impressive worldwide total of $571 million.
The film performed better in its third weekend than any of the three recent DCEU films did: 2013’s Man of Steel came in at $20.7 million after a 49.8 percent drop, 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice earned $23.4 million after 54.5 percent drop, and Suicide Squad made $20.9 million after 52.1 percent drop. The only WB film Wonder Woman is trailing behind is The Dark Knight, which earned $42.6 million in its third weekend after a 43.2 percent drop.
In the No. 3 spot this weekend is All Eyez On Me. The R-rated Tupac Shakur biopic earned an estimated $27.1 million from 2,471 locations. The film — which was criticized on Twitter by Jada Pinkett Smith for its inaccuracies — did not receive many positive reviews (EW’s Leah Greenblatt gave it a B-), but audiences seemed to enjoy the movie’s rendition of the cultural icon and prolific rapper’s (played by Demetrius Shipp Jr.) life, giving it an A- on CinemaScore.
Coming in fourth is The Mummy, which premiered in second place last weekend. The movie, which is a Tom Cruise-starring reboot of the 1999 film of the same name, earned an estimated $13.9 million this weekend for a cumulative domestic box office haul of $56.5 million. But while the movie continues to fare poorly in North America, the first in Universal’s Dark Universe series has already earned $239 million internationally, bringing the movie’s worldwide total to $296 million. The film — which received poor reviews from critics and audiences alike (B- on CinemaScore) — sees Cruise’s Nick Morton go up against Ahmanet, the mummy of an Egyptian princess who curses him.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is newcomer 47 Meters Down with an estimated $11.5 million from 2,270 locations. The shark-infested survival horror film sees This Is Us star Mandy Moore and The Originals‘ Claire Holt play sisters who decide to go cage-diving with sharks, only to have an accident cause their cage to break off from the boat and sink to the bottom of the sea floor with both of them still in it.
Also in the top 10 is Rough Night, which comes in seventh with an estimated $8 million from 3,162 locations. The film stars Avengers’ Scarlett Johansson, Office Christmas Party‘s Jillian Bell, Mad Max Fury Road‘s Zoë Kravitz, Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer, and SNL‘s Kate McKinnon as a group of old college friends reuniting for a bachelorette party, only for things to take a dark turn. Despite the raunchy comedy’s star power, the film opened with significantly less than other recent female-fronted comedies like Snatched ($19 million), Bad Moms ($23.8 million), and How to Be Single ($17.9 million).
Outside the top 10 is Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow’s latest film, The Book of Henry, which earned an estimated $1.4 million from 579 locations. The film sees Naomi Watts star as the single mother of two sons, Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) and Peter (Jacob Tremblay), the oldest of whom attempts to rescue the girl next door from her abusive stepfather.
Elsewhere, Maudie, Aisling Walsh’s biopic of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, earned an estimated $49,842 from 24 locations. Sally Hawkins plays Maud, while Ethan Hawke plays her eventual husband Everett. The film follows their relationship as it chronicles Maud’s burgeoning career.
Per ComScore, overall box office is up 2.7 percent in the same frame from last year. Check out the June 16-18 box office figures below.