“Cars 3” made it to first place at the box office this weekend!
According to Entertainment Weekly, the third installment in Disney’s “Cars” franchise earned an estimated $53.5 million domestically and $21.3 million internationally.
However, despite its box office success, positive reviews and A rating from Cinema Score, “Cars 3” did not perform as high as the other films from Disney-Pixar. “Toy Story 3” earned $110 million and “Finding Dory” received $135.1 million on their opening weekends. Additionally, “Cars” and “Cars 2” earned much higher compared to “Cars 3” with $60 million and $66 million, respectively.
“Cars 3” centers on the return to Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) to the racing field as he deals with the ramifications of getting old. He previously met an accident while racing against his rival, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). Luckily, Lightning McQueen has found a new trainer, Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), and a new sponsor, Sterling (Nathan Fillion).
Meanwhile, “Wonder Woman” placed second with an estimated $40.8 million earning this weekend. During its opening week, “Wonder Woman” earned 30 percent more at the box office. After three weeks since its release, “Wonder Woman” has already pulled roughly $275 million domestically and $297 million internationally. This gives the first ever movie from the DC Extended Universe with a female lead an impressive worldwide total of $571 million.
“Wonder Woman” also performed much better on its third week than any of the other films from the DCEU. On its third week, 2013’s “Man of Steel” suffered a 49.8 percent drop since its premiere and earned $20.7 million. In 2016, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” earned $23.4 million after a 54.5 percent drop. In the same year, “Suicide Squad” made $20.9 million after a 52.1 percent drop.
“Wonder Woman” follows the life of Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazons. Diana was trained to be an unconquerable warrior while being raised on a sheltered island paradise. She meets an American pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and the latter tells the former about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she could stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time and soon discovers her true powers as Wonder Woman.