‘ Cars 3’ speeds to No. 1 at the box of­fice

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Lind­sey Bahr Con­tribut­ing: Kim Wil­lis

Won­der Woman fell to sec­ond place in its third week­end in the­aters, but it’s still do­ing the heavy lift­ing for the oth­er­wise lack­lus­ter sum­mer box of­fice.

While many worn- out fran­chises and fran­chise hope­fuls con­tinue to strug­gle to find a sig­nif­i­cant au­di­ence, smaller films such as Tu­pac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me and shark thriller 47

Meters Down broke through the clut­ter.

The third in­stall­ment in Dis­ney and Pixar’s $ 1 bil­lion Cars fran­chise easily took the top spot, but its es­ti­mated $ 53.5 mil­lion in earn­ings told a more com­pli­cated tale. Cars 3 had the worst open­ing in the an­i­mated se­ries’ his­tory:

Cars opened with $ 60.1 mil­lion and Cars 2 to $ 66.1 mil­lion.

It also was a dis­ap­point­ment com­pared with the top films this week­end in 2015 and 2016, comS­core se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst Paul Der­garabe­dian points out. A year ago, Find­ing Dory de­buted with $ 135.1 mil­lion. In 2015, Juras­sic

World raked in $ 106.6 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end.

The G- rated Cars 3 earned gen­er­ally pos­i­tive re­views, but it will con­tend with De­spi­ca­ble Me 3, which opens in two weeks.

Won­der Woman was knocked down to sec­ond place with $ 40.8 mil­lion, bring­ing its do­mes­tic to­tal to $ 274.6 mil­lion. Ac­tion/ hor­ror holdover The Mummy, star­ring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, slid to fourth place in its sec­ond week­end with $ 13.9 mil­lion. Amid the dol­drums, low­er­pro­file films were able to make a mark. All Eyez on Me, star­ring new­comer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the slain rap star, earned $ 27.1 mil­lion to take third place. 47 Me

ters Down, ex­ceeded low ex­pec­ta­tions, earn­ing $ 11.5 mil­lion for fifth. A C on Cine­maS­core, how­ever, could mean it’s dead in the wa­ter go­ing for­ward. The raunchy R- rated com­edy

Rough Night is also fac­ing some rough wa­ters ahead with its C- plus Cine­maS­core. The film about a bach­e­lorette party week­end gone wrong, star­ring Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and Kate McKin­non, took in $ 8.1 mil­lion against a $ 20 mil­lion pro­duc­tion bud­get.


Light­ning McQueen ( right, voiced by Owen Wil­son) re­turns for the third in­stall­ment of the Cars fran­chise, which had the worst open­ing in the an­i­mated se­ries’ his­tory, tak­ing in $ 53.5 mil­lion.

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