Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

'Wonder Woman' soars past $500 million worldwide with big third weekend

Cars 3 cruises toward $50m-plus weekend Box Office: 'Cars 3' Races Past 'Wonder Woman' to No. 1
Howard Terry | 19 June, 2017, 01:44

That won't concern Disney much, as this franchise has made billions for the studio in merchandising revenue and will continue to do so with this solid opening and the addition of new characters Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez alongside series protagonist Lightning McQueen. Almost $13 million from 2,471 locations on Friday will put "Eyez" at around $31 million by end of day Sunday, beating out "Wonder Woman's" $11 million Friday estimate.

In its third weekend, Wonder Woman held strong with $40.8 million (£31.8 million), bringing its domestic total to $274.6 million (£214.3 million). Of course, that has not stopped them from making sizable amounts of money, beginning with Cars 3, Pixar's inexplicably continuing tale of Lightning McQueen, a red race auto with a tongue. Cars 2 opened in 2011 to $66.1 million domestically, and went on to earn $562.1 million worldwide.

Reviews were mostly positive for Cars 3. The original "Cars" started with $60.1 million in 2006. Two other new movies, "47 Meters Down" and "Rough Night", placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Blindsided by a new generation of racing cars and facing relegation from the sport he loves, McQueen enlists the help of a young technician, voiced by Cristela Alonzo.

Lionsgate's Codeblack Films is releasing All Eyez on Me, a Tupac Shakur biopic which is hitting theaters on the late music icon's birthday and includes over a dozen songs from Tupac's music catalog.

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.

Sony Pictures' R-rated comedy "Rough Night", featuring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon, was a miss with a take of $8.1 million, or only about half of the $16 million projection of BoxOfficePro.com. Lucia Aniello directed the film. The film, the first major title from Byron Allen's distribution venture Entertainment Studios, grossed $11 million from 2,270 theaters to land at No. 5. The approval ratings for 47 Meters were as follows: 56% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, a 56/100 on Metacritic and a deadly "C" rating on CinemaScore.

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