'Cars 3' speeds to No. 1, Tupac biopic nets strong debut

Posted June 19, 2017

Disney and Pixar's "Cars 3" is headed for a $51 million-plus U.S. debut, the lowest in the franchise but easily enough to chase the competition off the road and win the weekend.

Pixar's "Car 3" raced to the top spot at the box office this weekend - surpassing Wonder Woman since its release - while Tupac's biopic had a strong debut. Combined with everything it's made overseas, Wonder Woman has now made $571.8 million worldwide.

The film, directed by Brian Fee, will wrest the weekend crown from holdover "Wonder Woman", which is projected to earn $39 million in its third week for a domestic total of almost $275 million. 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.

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Directed by Cars and Cars 2 storyboard artist Brian Fee, Cars 3 follows the legendary Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) as he's pushed out of the sport he loves by a new generation of blazing-fast racers.

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales came in sixth place for its fourth weekend out with $8.5 million for a new domestic total of $150.1 million. The G-rated film follows in the tire tracks of 2011's "Cars 2" (66.1 million US dollars debut) and 2006's first installment (60.1 million USA dollars debut).

Gal Gadot as Diana in the action adventure "Wonder Woman". Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays the mythologised rapper.

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Finally, "Rough Night", a raunchy, fem-centric R-rated comedy from Sony, is on track to earn only US$8.1 million from 3,162 locations.

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 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. "Cars 2" collected 34.1 percent of its box office from the domestic market, down from 52.8 percent for the 2006 original.

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