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Box office report: Cars 3 races past Wonder Woman

June 19th, 2017 | by Manisha Surange
Box office report: Cars 3 races past Wonder Woman

Cars 3 has pumped its engines and moved into first place at the box office this weekend. The third installment in Pixar’s Cars franchise saw the animated feature debut with an estimated $53.5 million domestically and $21.3 million internationally.

But while the film did well with audiences (an A on CinemaScore) and received favorable reviews, it could not attain the record set high as recent Pixar sequels Toy Story 3 ($110 million) and Finding Dory ($135.1 million) did on their opening weekends. Even its predecessor, Cars ($60 million), and the poorly reviewed Cars 2 ($66 million) earned more during their first weekends out (adjusted for inflation). Cars 3 features the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as the red race car contends with growing old after getting in an accident while racing against his new rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer).

Taking the second place is Wonder Woman with an estimated $40.8 million after witnessing only a 30 percent drop in the domestic box office after last week. After a matter of three weeks, the latest movie in the DC Extended Universe (and the first one featuring a female superhero as the lead) has pulled in an estimated domestic box office total of $275 million so far as well as an international haul of $297 million for an impressive worldwide total of $571 million.

The film excelled and did 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. , overall box office is up 2.7 percent in the same frame from last year.

The June 16-18 box office figures:

1 – Cars 3 – $53.5 million
2 – Wonder Woman – $40.8 million
3 – All Eyez On Me – $27.1 million
4 – The Mummy – $13.9 million
5 – 47 Meters Down – $11.5 million
6 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $8.5 million
7 – Rough Night – $8 million
8 – Captain Underpants – $7.4 million
9 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $4.98 million
10 – It Comes At Night – $2.6 million

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