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June 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 sped past analysts’ forecasts to take in an estimated $68 million over the weekend. The film, which opened to mostly terrible reviews — unheard of for a Pixar production — had been expected to earn $55-60 million. Overseas, it added another $42.9 million in 18 countries. Reporting on the victory, Daily Variety commented, “Never underestimate the power of boys and their toys.” It was the 12th consecutive first-place finish for a Pixar-produced movie. Also coming in well above forecasts was the No. 2 film, Bad Teacher, which earned about $31 million. Most forecasters had predicted it would earn around $25 million. With both films performing so strongly, the overall box office came in 9 percent ahead of the same weekend last year. The two leaders were able to offset a steep 65-percent drop in ticket sales for last week’s No. 1 film, Green Lantern, which finished in third place with $18.4 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Cars 2, $68 million; 2. Bad Teacher, $31 million; 3. Green Lantern, $18.4 million; 4. Super 8, $12.1 million; 5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, $10.3 million; 6. X-Men: First Class, $6.6 million; 7. The Hangover Part II, $5.9 million; 8. Bridesmaids, $5.4 million; 9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $4.7 million; 10. Midnight in Paris, $4.5 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Cars 2, $66,135,507
2. Bad Teacher, $31,603,106
3. Green Lantern, $18,028,056
4. Super 8, $12,028,092
5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, $10,145,662