'Cars 3' speeds to No. 1, Tupac biopic nets strong debut

Cars 3 Disney Pixar

Cars 3 Disney Pixar

Hollis also cited new character Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo, as an important part of the film.

The third installment, helmed by Brian Fee, will become the No. 1 finisher for the weekend, ahead of holdover Wonder Woman, which is likely to take in an additional $35 million over the three day. The Tupac biopic beat expectations with US$27.1 million in ticket sales for Demetrius Shipp Jr " s portrayal of the legendary rapper's rise, prison sentence and shooting death. Cars, which hit theaters in 2006, opened to $60.1 million in its North American debut before topping out at $462.2 million worldwide.

In addition to Cars 3, this weekend brought with it the release of All Eyez on Me. Sony's R-rated bachelorette party gone wrong pic earned only $8.1 million against a $20 million budget. The movie, which is a Tom Cruise-starring reboot of the 1999 film of the same name, earned an estimated $13.9 million this weekend for a cumulative domestic box office haul of $56.5 million. Overseas, the film has banked a far better $239 million so far.

Rounding out the top five this weekend is newcomer 47 Meters Down with an estimated $11.5 million from 2,270 locations. The film scored more favorably with its target demographic of families. Of the quartet, it was Disney/Pixar's Cars 3 and Lionsgate's All Eyez On Me that raced to the finish line in style while Sony's Rough Night and Entertainment's 47 Meters Down both encountered engine trouble.

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.

However, Pixar doesn't seem anxious about the film's performance, with Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis telling Variety that Cars is still "a very important franchise for the company". 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.

The weekend box office result reflected those dismal scores, as the third entry was not able to compete with the first two Cars releases. Check out the June 16-18 box office figures below.

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