'Cars 3' zooms past 'Wonder Woman' in $53.5M box office haul

Nick Sanchez
June 19, 2017

Wonder Woman, the reigning champ of the box office, has stepped aside for the latest animated feature from Disney/Pixar and handed title to Cars 3.

The third film in the Pixar series features the return of Owen Wilson as plucky race auto Lightning McQueen, and proved to be a draw at multiplexes throughout North America by taking in $53.5 million domestically and $21.3 million overseas, for an opening weekend total of $74.8 million, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The first two "Cars" movies combined have made more than US$435 million in the U.S. and US$1 billion globally.

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'Cars 3' Takes Checkered Flag With $53 Million Opening

Diana of Themyscira has officially been unseated by talking cars, but it's cool, because c'mon, now: Even Wonder Woman herself would be moved by the inspirational tale of Lighting McQueen's horse-powered comeback. That's a lower opening than "Cars" (US$60.1 million) and "Cars 2" (US$66.1 million), but still enough to win the weekend. Entertainment Studios' "47 Meters Down" rounds out the top five with a $10.6 million opening from 2,270 screens. The G-rated film follows in the tire tracks of 2011's "Cars 2" (66.1 million US dollars debut) and 2006's first installment (60.1 million USA dollars debut). But while the movie continues to fare poorly in North America, the first in Universal's Dark Universe series has already earned $239 million internationally, bringing the movie's worldwide total to $296 million. 47 Meters Down placed fifth with an estimated $11.5 million, while Rough Night had a rough seventh place opening, earning $8.1 million. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, and Glazer make up a rowdy girl gang who reunite for a bachelorette weekend that goes horribly wrong. Despite the raunchy comedy's star power, the film opened with significantly less than other recent female-fronted comedies like Snatched ($19 million), Bad Moms ($23.8 million), and How to Be Single ($17.9 million). Lucia Aniello directed the film. Sally Hawkins plays Maud, while Ethan Hawke plays her eventual husband Everett. "Cars 2" collected 34.1 percent of its box office from the domestic market, down from 52.8 percent for the 2006 original.

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