Like the title says, Cars 2 took the number 1 spot over the weekend without any real trouble. While nothing came even close to the leader, the Cameron Diaz comedy managed to surprised a lot by opening much higher then anticipated solidifying 2011 once again as the summer of R-rated comedies. More about Cars 2 and Bad Teacher after the break.
Cars 2 is the 12th big screen release of Pixar and with a first weekend of $66.1 million it ranks 5th among other studio openings. About 5 years ago, Cars debuted to good reviews (but lower then any other Pixar flick before, 74% on Rotten Tomatoes) and an opening weekend of $60.1 million (about $72 million today) going as high as $244 million in North America and $461.9 million worldwide, making it the 9th highest grossing Pixar movie around the world. Ok, so Cars wasn’t the best reviewed nor one of the highest grossing flicks of the studio, then why make a sequel for this and not something like The Incredibles? One word, MERCHANDISING, Cars has generated billions in sold merchandise and Cars 2 is here just so Disney can sell even more merchandise. They might as well give free tickets to everyone because theaters is not where Disney will make the big bucks with this property. So with that out of the way, Cars 2 is a necessary evil so that Pixar can make other original stuff in the coming years, like Brave. I just hope Toy Story 4 (if it happens) won’t be like Cars 2.
Bad Teacher was 2nd with $31.6 million and for Cameron Diaz that is actually really good. Looking back at her carer, outside of the Shrek series, Charlie’s Angels and The Green Hornet, this is her highest opening yet. I’ve read predictions that started at $10 million for this flick but I haven’t seen anyone dare say Bad Teacher would open above $30 million because, for an R-rated comedy, it is bloody hard. Bridesmaids, probably the biggest surprise of the summer and another R-rated comedy, has made $147 million so far and only opened with $26 million. Bad Teacher won’t make that much but it will definitely gross over $100 million so that being said, Cameron Diaz seems to still has something in her (as long as she is in a decent movie that works in tandem with her qualities).
In 3rd place Green Lantern took a mighty dive, down 66.1% and I can’t believe Warner Bros. are still thinking about going forward with a sequel. I mean don’t take this the wrong way, I actually enjoyed Green Lantern and would like a sequel (with a different everything, except Ryan Reynolds, he can stay) but a movie like this costs a lot of money, money that I don’t think Warner can make from this series. So, $18 million over the weekend and $91.1 million in 11 days makes Green Lantern a genuine box office flop unfortunately.
Super 8 was 4th with $12 million for $96.6 million in 18 days. Now I bet this movie will finish with more green then the Green Lantern, all on a quarter of that flick’s budget.
Finally Mr. Popper’s Penguins was 5th with $10.1 million and $40.6 million so far. Legs ain’t looking to great on this one so I think it will stop somewhere around $70 million with a very slight chance at $80 million.