Cars 3 speeds past Wonder Woman at North American box office

Cars 3 Races Past Wonder Woman at the Box Office

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While the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me earned $3.1 million in Thursday previews ahead of Disney and Pixar's animated sequel Cars 3, which cruised to $2.8 million, Cars 3 is pulling ahead of Eyez in the early Friday estimates and looks as if the animated pic will take in about $20 million-plus for the day as it cruises toward a weekend in the mid-to-high $50 million range.

As reported by Forbes, Wonder Woman has earned an estimated $0.775 million in its third weekend of domestic release, and that is unheard of. "Though "47 Meters" has been met with a tepid reception - 55 percent RT score and a C on CinemaScore - it's an opening above the $6 million target trackers set for it before the weekend". Even its predecessor, Cars ($60 million), and the poorly reviewed Cars 2 ($66 million) earned more during their first weekends out (adjusted for inflation). The G-rated film follows in the tire tracks of 2011's "Cars 2" (66.1 million USA dollars debut) and 2006's first installment (60.1 million US dollars debut).

"Cars 3" bumps "Wonder Woman" out of first place, but the super hero movie continues to show strong. Only one in four critics had praise for the movie, in which Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays rapper Shakur. The R-rated movie fell flat with $8.1 million from 3,162 theaters.

The good news is that Wonder Woman, the best movie now in the top ten at the box office, casually strolled past the $500 million mark at the global box office. Both lost out to The Mummy in its second frame, which took a big dip to end up with an estimated $13.9 million in the fifth spot.

Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Ilana Glazer, and Kate McKinnon's raunchy comedy "Rough Night" had a rough start at just over $3 million from 3,162 locales on Friday. Entertainment Studios' "47 Meters Down" rounds out the top five with a $10.6 million opening from 2,270 screens. The film sees Naomi Watts star as the single mother of two sons, Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) and Peter (Jacob Tremblay), the oldest of whom attempts to rescue the girl next door from her abusive stepfather.

Despite signs of franchise fatigue, Pixar and Disney's Cars 3 dominated the road at the North American box office.

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