Pixar/Disney rode their newest offering, Cars 3, to the top of the box office this week with $53.5 million, pushing the juggernaut Wonder Woman to second place. It is doing better in the rating department then it predecessor, as "Cars 2" has a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while "Cars 3" now has a 66% rating.
The animated sequel made its debut with sales of $53.5 million in the US and Canada, researcher ComScore Inc. estimated Sunday in an email. Pixar spent around $200 million on "Cars 2", not including marketing, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie took in about $40.8 million this weekend, giving it a domestic total of $274.6 million, and more than $571 million worldwide.
The Tupac Shakur biodrama, All Eyez on Me, was third with $27-million.
The third installment in Pixar's Cars franchise featuring Lightning McQueen and his longtime friends fighting off a challenge from a new generation of racers is voiced by stars including Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, and Armie Hammer.
In eighth place is DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, with $7.4 million in tickets sales its third weekend in release.
Interest in Cars 3 may soon change thanks to positive feedback the animated movie has been receiving from both critics and audiences.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays the mythologized rapper.
Rounding out the top five was the thriller "47 Meters Down", starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, earning an estimated $11.5 million in its opening weekend. It's the first major release from Entertainment Studios, which acquired the project from its original distributor, Dimension Films.
"It is genuinely a amusing movie that was made at the right price, and there is a place for Rough Night as summer counter-programming in the coming weeks", said Sony's distribution chief Adrian Smith.
6 million, while holdover "The Mummy" slid to fourth place in weekend two with $13.9 million.
The raunchy comedy "Rough Night" got off to a rough start in seventh place.