Friday Report: 'Cars 2' Warms Up
by Brandon Gray
June 25, 2011
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On Friday, Pixar's reliability was on display again with the roll-out of Cars 2. The manufacturer's latest model posted an estimated $25.7 million out of the gate, but many moviegoers were hot for Bad Teacher as well.
Riding on approximately 7,700 screens at 4,115 locations, Cars 2 delivered the second highest-grossing opening day yet for a Pixar movie, behind Toy Story 3's $41.1 million, and the talking car sequel is poised for a weekend gross in the Pixar-typical $70 million range. The first Cars pulled in $19.7 million on its first day in June 2006, which led to a $60.1 million weekend. In terms of estimated attendance, though, Cars 2 was towards the back of the Pixar pack of the last decade, launching faster than only Up and Ratatouille.
Cars 2's run featured the 3D illusion at 2,508 locations (including 120 IMAX venues), and that accounted for close to 40 percent of the gross. The 3D share was even less than what Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Green Lantern posted in their unenthusiastic 3D debuts. For perspective, Toy Story 3's 3D share was 60 percent (with 2,463 3D venues), while Up's was 52 percent (with only 1,534 3D venues).
In second, Bad Teacher bagged an estimated $12.1 million on around 3,700 screens at 3,049 locations. That gross was greater than Bridesmaids's $7.8 million opening day last month and was on par with Step Brothers and Superbad.
Green Lantern descended to third with an estimated $6 million. Its Friday-to-Friday fall was a steep 72 percent and was more severe than both Thor and X-Men: First Class. The drop was closest to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer among past comparable titles. What's worse, at $77 million in eight days, Green Lantern also had a lower total through the same point.
In fourth place, Super 8 showed some staying power, though most holdovers saw modest declines. The cryptic creature feature eased 37 percent to an estimated $3.8 million. With an $86.8 million tally in 15 days, it has surpassed the final grosses of Battle: Los Angeles and Cloverfield, and it continued to track ahead of District 9.
Mr. Popper's Penguins was close behind Super 8 with an estimated $3.7 million. Down 43 percent, the Jim Carrey family comedy has made a tepid $32.8 million in eight days. X-Men: First Class had its smallest Friday-to-Friday decline yet, retreating 40 percent to an estimated $2 million for a $128.3 million sum in 22 days.
The gap between The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids tightened further as a little over $100,000 separated the two R-rated comedies on Friday. Hangover II was off 45 percent to an estimated $1.8 million, while Bridesmaids dipped 30 percent to an estimated $1.7 million. The respective totals, though, were $239.9 million in 30 days and $143 million in 43 days.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides had a nearly supernatural hold, down 15 percent Friday-to-Friday to $1.5 million for a $225.9 million total in 36 days. Kung Fu Panda 2, on the other hand, felt the brunt of Cars 2 and collapsed 47 percent to an estimated $1.3 million, though it crossed the $150 million mark in 30 days.
Meanwhile, Midnight in Paris boasted the smallest Friday-to-Friday drop among nationwide holdovers. The Woody Allen comedy eased nine percent to an estimated $1.2 million, increasing its sum to $25.3 million in 36 days. It eclipsed Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Match Point to become Allen's top grossing movie in 25 years (since Hannah and Her Sisters) and ranks fourth overall. While Midnight has an excellent shot at surpassing Hannah's $40.1 million to become Allen's top-grossing picture overall, it won't come close to the the attendance levels of most of Allen's heyday movies, including Annie Hall, Manhattan and Hannah.
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