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06.26.2011

Cars 2 keeps the Pixar streak alive...

Despite CARS 2 scoring a thoroughly unimpressive 33% positive rating over on Rotten Tomatoes by film critics from around the world, it seems as though audiences didn't care too much as they turned the film into the 12th Pixar movie in a row -- since 1995's TOY STORY -- to open in 1st place. The film's opening of $68M also seemed to slip right into the typical Pixar opening pattern (see chart below), but most previous films had received plenty of great "word of mouth" so we're going to have to wait and see if this one follows in those same footsteps.

Jim Law and I discussed this film in our "Summer Preview" podcast a few weeks ago, and even then, we agreed that CARS 2 appeared to be the first Pixar film that seemed more of a "cash grab" than genuine storytelling wanting to be told. Here's where the CARS 2 opening weekend stacks up against previous Pixar film openings, along with their domestic totals...

1. TOY STORY 3: $110M (total: $415M)
2. THE INCREDIBLES: $70M (total: $261M)
3. FINDING NEMO: $70M (total: $339M)
4. UP: $68M (total: $293M)
5. CARS 2: $68M
6. WALL-E: $63M (total: $223M)
7. MONSTERS INC: $62M (total: $255M)
8. CARS: $60M (total: $244M)
9. TOY STORY 2: $57M (total: $245M)
10. RATATOUILLE: $47M (total: $206M)
11. A BUG'S LIFE: $33M (total: $162M)
12: TOY STORY: $29M (total: 191M)

In the meantime, last weekend's #1 movie, GREEN LANTERN, dropped like a rock out of the sky, losing 65% of its audience from the same period last week. The film has now generated $89M in its first 10 days of release, but may not break the $125M mark at this pace. The films which lost the least amount of audience members since last weekend, continued to be the same ones including BRIDESMAIDS which is now up to a staggering $146M and Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN PARIS which at $29M is officially Allen's highest-grossing movie since 1986's HANNAH AND HER SISTERS ($40M). Way to go, Woody!

The two films to get booted from the top 10 in order to make room for the two new entries included KUNG FU PANDA 2 ($153M), which was a lot less than its predecessor which had generated $215M back in 2008, and something called JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER ($13M).

Next week sees the release of one of the most anticipated summer movies in TRANSFORMERS 3: DARK OF THE MOON (I always feel like saying DARK SIDE OF THE MOON) which has apparently been generating some surprisingly positive buzz so far?? BTW, maybe I haven't been paying as close attention as I should to this film, but I didn't realize that John f*ckin' Malkovich is in this one! Frances McDormand as well!! That said, are you looking forward to seeing this movie or not really? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Cars 2 $68 M
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2. Bad Teacher $31 M
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3. Green Lantern $18.4 M $89.3 M
4. Super 8 $12.1 M $95.2 M
5. Mr. Popper's Penguins $10.3 M $39.4 M
6. X-Men: First Class $6.6 M $132.8 M
7. The Hangover, Part II $5.9 M $243.9 M
8. Bridesmaids $5.4 M $146.7 M
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $4.7 M $229.1 M
10. Midnight in Paris $4.5 M $28.6 M

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4:17PM on 06/27/2011

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Cars 2 made $2 million less than estimated ($66 mil). Wonder if the bad word of mouth will affect it negatively in terms of staying power
Cars 2 made $2 million less than estimated ($66 mil). Wonder if the bad word of mouth will affect it negatively in terms of staying power
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10:45PM on 06/26/2011
While Cars 2 may be a cash grab and the weakest Pixar film yet, I felt it was much better than the 33% on rotton tomatoes would suggest. It wasn't trying to be an oscar nominee like Wall-e, Up, or Toy Story 3. If you liked the average Dreamwork animations films like Megamind or Monsters vs. Aliens you'd probably like Cars 2 as well. I'd take Cars 2 over another Alvin or the smurfs movie.
While Cars 2 may be a cash grab and the weakest Pixar film yet, I felt it was much better than the 33% on rotton tomatoes would suggest. It wasn't trying to be an oscar nominee like Wall-e, Up, or Toy Story 3. If you liked the average Dreamwork animations films like Megamind or Monsters vs. Aliens you'd probably like Cars 2 as well. I'd take Cars 2 over another Alvin or the smurfs movie.
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12:50AM on 06/27/2011
That's the problem. We don't want typical animation fare, such as what Dreamworks animations gives us.
We see Pixar films because they are usually the step above the rest of the other animated films.
If Pixar is just like Dreamwork animations, then Pixar's taking a step back. And that is bad.
Hopefully it won't be a sign of Pixar giving up and just going for money instead in the future.
That's the problem. We don't want typical animation fare, such as what Dreamworks animations gives us.
We see Pixar films because they are usually the step above the rest of the other animated films.
If Pixar is just like Dreamwork animations, then Pixar's taking a step back. And that is bad.
Hopefully it won't be a sign of Pixar giving up and just going for money instead in the future.
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10:28PM on 06/26/2011
I saw Cars 2, and actually liked it more than the first one. My 5 year old has seen the first so many times he can recite it, and he loved this one. Lots of action and adventure got the kids in the theatre all excited, and isn't that the audience for this movie. To hell with critics, the kids love it, and that's all that matters.
I saw Cars 2, and actually liked it more than the first one. My 5 year old has seen the first so many times he can recite it, and he loved this one. Lots of action and adventure got the kids in the theatre all excited, and isn't that the audience for this movie. To hell with critics, the kids love it, and that's all that matters.
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10:28PM on 06/26/2011
I didn't see the first Cars movie and this one doesn't interest me either.
I didn't see the first Cars movie and this one doesn't interest me either.
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8:35PM on 06/26/2011
Definitely would rather an incredibles sequel than the two pixar sequels we've gotten, (I'm the only person on the planet who doesn't like Toy Story, sue me.) it's good to know that pixar can pretty much shit in a bag and it still transmogrify into gold. As for the rest, I'm glad a few of the top 10 are relatively original. one of these days we'll stop getting so many damned sequels/prequels.
Definitely would rather an incredibles sequel than the two pixar sequels we've gotten, (I'm the only person on the planet who doesn't like Toy Story, sue me.) it's good to know that pixar can pretty much shit in a bag and it still transmogrify into gold. As for the rest, I'm glad a few of the top 10 are relatively original. one of these days we'll stop getting so many damned sequels/prequels.
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8:01PM on 06/26/2011
With both Jonah Hex and now Green Lantern crashing and burning like they have, maybe now Warner Bros. will start treating their comic book properties with respect instead of just going for the quick cash grab by throwing a flaming bag of poop at us, the customers. I'm still undecided about Synder's Superman, but if that crashes and burns as well it will be Warner Bros. signal to start taking things seriously.
With both Jonah Hex and now Green Lantern crashing and burning like they have, maybe now Warner Bros. will start treating their comic book properties with respect instead of just going for the quick cash grab by throwing a flaming bag of poop at us, the customers. I'm still undecided about Synder's Superman, but if that crashes and burns as well it will be Warner Bros. signal to start taking things seriously.
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7:45PM on 06/26/2011
Kinda sad that for two weeks Green Lantern hasn't passed 100 million dollars mark yet.
Kinda sad that for two weeks Green Lantern hasn't passed 100 million dollars mark yet.
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8:03PM on 06/26/2011
There's a reason for that....it sucked.
There's a reason for that....it sucked.
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7:38PM on 06/26/2011

Definitely...

a cash grab.

Oh yeah, and Dr. Pepper is disgusting, in all of its variously horrible formats. Please stop pouring that shit all over my eyes damnit!
a cash grab.

Oh yeah, and Dr. Pepper is disgusting, in all of its variously horrible formats. Please stop pouring that shit all over my eyes damnit!
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6:15PM on 06/26/2011

Eat'em And Smile, Pixar...

The response and piling on Cars 2 is so typical as to be almost expected. Pixar are obviously a big target, with tons of cash and great reviews to back it up, along with several films ( Wall E, Up) that broke the mold on what was an ' Animated ' film, CGI or otherwise. Then they release CARS 2, which doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't; That is, a perfectly serviceable film that appeals to kids and adults alike. The eye candy in this one is amazing, I look forward to seeing it on DVD.
The response and piling on Cars 2 is so typical as to be almost expected. Pixar are obviously a big target, with tons of cash and great reviews to back it up, along with several films ( Wall E, Up) that broke the mold on what was an ' Animated ' film, CGI or otherwise. Then they release CARS 2, which doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't; That is, a perfectly serviceable film that appeals to kids and adults alike. The eye candy in this one is amazing, I look forward to seeing it on DVD. So, in all those critics minds, it doesn't reach the lofty heights of the aforementioned films, ergo, its TRASH. PILE ON THE FIRST PIXAR FAILURE, BOYS!!!..Hmmm one problem, though; Sold out shows and 68 Mil in the bank. No, I don't think this one their 'great' ones by any means, but I'll take lower rent Pixar over Hoodwinked 2 or Nomeo and Juliet anyday...EAT'em and SMILE, Pixar...done it again.
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5:51PM on 06/26/2011

Green Lantern

Sad to see Green Lantern dropping this big. It wasnt an extra-ordinary movie by any means - It had a simple straight forward story, but was still solid. It was a Good movie.

I guess, every year there seems to be a movie which is sometimes critically hated or a box office failure or even both, but I personally seem to like it. In recent memory, I can think of Speed Racer, Terminator Salvation, Public Enemies, Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim, Sucker Punch. And Green Lantern joins this list of
Sad to see Green Lantern dropping this big. It wasnt an extra-ordinary movie by any means - It had a simple straight forward story, but was still solid. It was a Good movie.

I guess, every year there seems to be a movie which is sometimes critically hated or a box office failure or even both, but I personally seem to like it. In recent memory, I can think of Speed Racer, Terminator Salvation, Public Enemies, Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim, Sucker Punch. And Green Lantern joins this list of mine.

Green Lantern was a good solid movie - I just hope it gets a sequel which exceeds the first one.
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6:51PM on 06/26/2011
same here! Fingers crossed it ends up doing well and gets a sequel greenlit.


The movie was fun, and I had a blast with it. It wasn't anything revolutionary but it didn't need to be and it most certainly does NOT warrant a 27 freakin percent on Rotten Tomatoes... really??!
same here! Fingers crossed it ends up doing well and gets a sequel greenlit.


The movie was fun, and I had a blast with it. It wasn't anything revolutionary but it didn't need to be and it most certainly does NOT warrant a 27 freakin percent on Rotten Tomatoes... really??!
10:23PM on 06/26/2011
I hope as well!! and it looks like we might just get what we want.

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I hope as well!! and it looks like we might just get what we want.

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7:46AM on 06/27/2011
Thanks Half.
That surely brings hope. I wouldn't want them to rush into getting a sequel out asap. I can wait till 2014 or even 2015 and let them make an awesome one.
Thanks Half.
That surely brings hope. I wouldn't want them to rush into getting a sequel out asap. I can wait till 2014 or even 2015 and let them make an awesome one.
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4:58PM on 06/26/2011
Now we know that if parents have to choose between taking their kids to a sub-par animation sequel or a lousy Jim Carrey vehicle which one they will choose. Hopefully this social experiment will never have to be repeated.
Now we know that if parents have to choose between taking their kids to a sub-par animation sequel or a lousy Jim Carrey vehicle which one they will choose. Hopefully this social experiment will never have to be repeated.
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4:17PM on 06/26/2011

Not even a mention of Bad Teacher

Over 30 Mil ain't that bad for an R rated movie starring Cameron Diaz. I mean does anyone really care about her anymore, maybe in a supporting role but I'm glad to see she is still relevant.
Over 30 Mil ain't that bad for an R rated movie starring Cameron Diaz. I mean does anyone really care about her anymore, maybe in a supporting role but I'm glad to see she is still relevant.
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3:45PM on 06/26/2011

FIRST CLASS

Is quietly holding in there which I'm glad to see.
Is quietly holding in there which I'm glad to see.
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11:55PM on 06/26/2011
Agree. Was finally able to see this film and really enjoyed it.
Agree. Was finally able to see this film and really enjoyed it.
3:43PM on 06/26/2011
Look, I'm a huge PIXAR fan and I'm incredibly happy that the studio is making money, but that's all Cars 2 was. It's hands down their most profitable franchise and toyline, and kids eat that shit up.. so a sequel was greenlit and they're raking in the cash. Is it a cop out? Kinda.. but if it funds more movies like Wall-E and UP then I'm 100% on board for it.

Oh.. and that drop-off for Green Lantern was pretty predictable.. I just wish X-Men First Class was a bigger hit stateside.. that
Look, I'm a huge PIXAR fan and I'm incredibly happy that the studio is making money, but that's all Cars 2 was. It's hands down their most profitable franchise and toyline, and kids eat that shit up.. so a sequel was greenlit and they're raking in the cash. Is it a cop out? Kinda.. but if it funds more movies like Wall-E and UP then I'm 100% on board for it.

Oh.. and that drop-off for Green Lantern was pretty predictable.. I just wish X-Men First Class was a bigger hit stateside.. that shit is holding up a sequel, which needs to be greenlit ASAP!
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3:41PM on 06/26/2011
No opinion on Cars 2. But the first Cars is absolutely a good (not great) movie. It takes more of an attention span than other Pixar movies, but its still visually mesmerizing, solidly told, charming, and with a good heart to it. If Cars 2 is as disappointing as some say, it will be Pixar's only dud to date.
No opinion on Cars 2. But the first Cars is absolutely a good (not great) movie. It takes more of an attention span than other Pixar movies, but its still visually mesmerizing, solidly told, charming, and with a good heart to it. If Cars 2 is as disappointing as some say, it will be Pixar's only dud to date.
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3:32PM on 06/26/2011

Yay! Pixar

12-for-12 is a real major accomplishment to be proud of. Kudos.

Saw it over the weekend, it was a little improvement over the first "Cars". The film works because of its colorful cast of characters and giving the cars a distinct personality to their own models. "Cars", btw, is definitely not the weakest of the Pixar films. Sorry but imho it's "Monsters, Inc.". Good plot ruined by a convoluted second and third act, and also suffered from a downbeat ending.

Looking forward to "Brave" next
12-for-12 is a real major accomplishment to be proud of. Kudos.

Saw it over the weekend, it was a little improvement over the first "Cars". The film works because of its colorful cast of characters and giving the cars a distinct personality to their own models. "Cars", btw, is definitely not the weakest of the Pixar films. Sorry but imho it's "Monsters, Inc.". Good plot ruined by a convoluted second and third act, and also suffered from a downbeat ending.

Looking forward to "Brave" next summer.
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7:42PM on 06/26/2011
Monsters blows Cars off the track. Sorry dude, but you lose that one.
Monsters blows Cars off the track. Sorry dude, but you lose that one.
11:49PM on 06/26/2011
Monsters Inc. had a "downbeat ending"? Methinks you stopped watching the film too soon.
Monsters Inc. had a "downbeat ending"? Methinks you stopped watching the film too soon.
12:45PM on 06/27/2011
I dont agre with the downbeat ending but I do agree that Monsters Inc is the weakest even though it is still and awesome movie. Viva la Pixar!
I dont agre with the downbeat ending but I do agree that Monsters Inc is the weakest even though it is still and awesome movie. Viva la Pixar!
3:31PM on 06/26/2011

Super 8 still in top 5

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3:35PM on 06/26/2011
Glad something original is still going strong.
Glad something original is still going strong.
3:50PM on 06/26/2011
I see what ya did there ;)
I see what ya did there ;)
8:36PM on 06/26/2011
I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?!
I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?!
3:24PM on 06/26/2011

Pushing for S8 and First Class

Keep on keeping on Super 8 and X-Men: First Class! We believe in you, just duck and cover when Bay comes stomping into the summer playground. He's a ruthless attention whore.
Keep on keeping on Super 8 and X-Men: First Class! We believe in you, just duck and cover when Bay comes stomping into the summer playground. He's a ruthless attention whore.
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