The animated threequel, Cars 3, drove away from the pack and finished first at the box office on its debut weekend, earning an estimated $54-million.
The animated sequel made its debut with sales of $53.5 million in the USA and Canada, researcher ComScore Inc. estimated Sunday in an email.
Cars 3 snagged an "A" score from ticket buyers, according to CinemaScore, but good reviews from audiences and critics weren't enough to help the third film of the franchise match either Cars' $60 million or Cars 2's $66 million opening weekends.
However, Patty Jenkins" directorial "Wonder Woman' continues its impressive run at the box-office falling a scant 30 percent in the U.S.to 40.8 million Dollars for a domestic total of 274.6 million USD.
Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me came in third place with $27 million, and survival thriller 47 Meters Down overperformed on early forecasts for an opening weekend of $11.5 million. "Rough Night", $8.1 million 8.
The movie, which opens here on Aug 31, comes from director Brian Fee, who was a storyboard artist on the first two Cars films, and Ratatouille and Wall-E.
Now in 2017 we get CARS 3, and Owen Wilson's Lightning McQueen is back with his four wheeled pals to take on a new breed of racecar, the slick, slimy and all around arrogant Jackson Storm played by Armie Hammer.
In the coming days, ' Wonder Woman' is expected to eclipse 2008's ' Mamma Mia!' (609.8 million USD) to become the top-grossing female-directed live-action film of all time.
Did U go see anything in theaters this weekend, Perezcious readers?! Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped to ninth-place earning $5 million, bringing its seven-week total to $374.9 million.
Though these kind of movies historically never do well in theaters (everyone waits until these titles hit cable/streaming), Sony was hoping with a cast that included Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and "Broad City" star Ilana Glazer, there would be a lot of girls' night out treks to the movies.
"Rough Night" will land in seventh for the weekend behind its fellow newcomers, "Wonder Woman", the second weekend of "The Mummy" ($13.9 million) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" ($8.5 million).