With four films opening giving chase, and a second place finish on Friday night ($9.2 million), Cars got in gear the next two days of the weekend to win the box office dropping 50% from the opening weekend with $31.2 million. The Disney/Pixar animated film also went over the $100 million domestically topping out at $114.5 million, says Box Office Mojo. The John Lassiter-helmed film focuses on a rookie race car (Owen Wilson) who gets lost in a small town off Route 66. Movieweb.com was in North Carolina where we got exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of Cars; CLICK HERE to check out the interviews.
Paramount's Nacho Libre gave Cars a strong run for its money opening first on Friday night ($11 million), but couldn't hang on to the lead finishing second over the weekend with $27.5 million. Jack Black stars as a Mexican clergyman who moonlights as a Lucha Libre wrestler. Nacho Libre is directed by Jared Hess, who wrote and directed Napoleon Dynamite.
It may be the third film in the series, but The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is still very popular; the film took third place this weekend bringing in $24 million for Universal. The Paul Walker-less racing flick traveled to Japan to look at the world of drift racing. Vin Diesel does make a cameo reprising his role as Dominic, which you've probably seen in the TV clips; but why is he in Tokyo? Well, you'll just have to see the movie to find out. If you want to know more about drift racing, Movieweb was at an event a few months ago where we got an inside look at the sport; you can see what it's all about, just CLICK HERE.
The Lake House, the third of the new films opening this weekend, came in fourth place taking in $13.6 million. The Warner Bros. romantic drama re-teams Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock 12 years after they starred together in Speed. The premise takes place two years apart as Sandra and Keanu fall in love after they mysteriously receive love letters in a mailbox at a house on the lake. The Lake House is a re-make of the Korean film, Il Mare.
Universal is still banking on Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn's romantic comedy, The Break-Up. The film came in fifth place with $9.5 million to up the three week total of the movie to $91.1 million. The Break-Up also stars Jon Favreau as Vince's best friend.
Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties waddled into theaters this weekend and finished in sixth place with a very impressive $7.2 million. The Jim Davis-created character, voiced by Bill Murray is the sequel in the movie franchise with everyone's favorite fat cat. Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt return as well, and are joined by Billy Connelly, and the voice talents of Tim Curry, Sharon Osbourne, Vinnie Jones, and Bob Hoskins. The film takes the trio of Jon, Liz, and Garfield over to London where they get mixed up in a case of mistaken identity.
X-Men: The Last Stand is also keeping up the pace after four weeks finishing in seventh place this weekend bringing in $7.1 million. That puts the total of the film, the third installment of the Fox and Marvel mutant series up to $215 million.
Fox came in right behind again with The Omen, which has surprised just about everyone with its success. The weekend total for the horror film was $5.3 million, bringing the two week total up to $47 million. This has to make the studio happy considering it has already nearly doubled the production budget of $25 million.
In ninth place, Sony stayed in with The Da Vinci Code taking in $5 million this weekend. The five week total for the Ron Howard film, based on the Dan Brown novel, is just under $200 million at $198 million; of course, it's just done a crazy number over seas - $480 million, bringing the worldwide total to $678 million.
And squeaking into the top ten is DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge. The family comedy brought in $4 million over the weekend, taking the total to $139 million over five weeks.
This week, Adam Sandler returns to theaters with his comedy, Click; the film also stars Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken. And Tyrese comes in with his urban drama, Waist Deep, also starring Meagan Good, Larenz Tate, and The Game.