Cars 2 Drives Overall Box Office To Victory
With the top two films raking in far more than even the most optimistic forecasters had envisaged, the box office resumed its summer march forward, erasing a little more of the shortfall from 2010. After two weeks of coming in behind year-ago revenue, last weekend's total take of $176.2 million came in at 6.8 percent above the $165 million generated during the same weekend last year. It would not have been able to do so if Cars 2 and Bad Teacher had merely lived up to expectations. Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 had been expected to take in $55-60 million; instead, it earned $66.14 million. Sony/Columbia's Bad Teacher had been expected to earn $20-25 million; instead, it earned $31.60 million. The two films also offset a bigger-than-anticipated downturn for last weekend's top film, Green Lantern , which dropped 66 percent in its third week to take in $18.03 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Cars 2 , Disney/Pixar, $66,135,507, (New); 2. Bad Teacher , Sony, $31,603,106, (New); 3. Green Lantern, Warner Bros., $18,028,056, 2 Wks. ($88,989,477); 4. Super 8 , Paramount, $12,028,092, 3 Wks. ($95,114,324); 5. Mr. Popper's Penguins , 20th Century Fox, $10,145,662, 2 Wks. ($39,293,341); 6. X-Men First Class , 20th Century Fox, $6,680,480, 4 Wks. ($132,895,408); 7. The Hangover 2 , Warner Bros., $5,574,179, 5 Wks. ($243,651,860); 8. Bridesmaids, Universal, $5,260,290, 7 Wks. ($146,547,315); 9. Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, Disney, $4,928,925, 6 Wks. ($229,287,226); 10. Kung Fu Panda 2, Paramount, $4,173,144, 5 Wks. ($153,065,641).