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“Cars 2” on box office pace to top original “Cars”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Disney-Pixar’s sequel “Cars 2” roared out of the gate on Friday with an estimated $25 million in ticket sales, putting the 3D animated kids movie on pace for a $65 to $68 million opening weekend.

The opening “outgunned both critics and tracking, which suggested the sequel might open lower than the original Cars,” THR reported. Pixars’ first stab at talking automobiles pulled in $19.7 million on its first day and ended up with $60.1 at the close of opening weekend.

The 3D bump likely helped, as the original “Cars” did not have that advantage in 2006. “Cars” also went on the earn $244M overall, making it the seventh-highest grossing Pixar. It will be interesting to see if the sequel continues this pace, or if poor word-of-mouth slows its momentum.

Though Pixar’s celebrating the news, it’s worth mentioning that the studio’s last sequel, “Toy Story 3,” opened to $110.3 million last summer.

As for Sony’s “Bad Teacher,” the Cameron Diaz comedy is looking at a $12 million Friday, suggesting a possible $23-$25 million opening.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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