Without any surprise, Cars started on the pole at theaters this weekend and stayed in first place throughout the weekend. The Disney/Pixar animated film took first place at the box office this weekend with $62.8 million. The estimated average per theater was $15,800, according to Box Office Mojo. The family film stars Owen Wilson as the hot-shot rookie, Lightning McQueen, a race car who got lost in a small town while driving to California. It also stars legendary actor Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Richard Petty, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, and John Ratzenberger (who lends his voice to the 7th Pixar film). You can actually check out Movieweb's exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of Cars; just CLICK HERE.
Coming in second place, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn in The Break-Up. The Universal romantic comedy made $20.5 million over the weekend. That brings up the two week total to $74 million . The studio has to be happy about these numbers, especially after a weak 4th quarter last year and 1st quarter this year.
In third, X-Men: The Last Stand with $15.5 million. The mutant threquel hasn't stopped making money in its three weeks. This weekend's take puts the film over the $200 million mark ($201.7 million to be exact).
Fox made the devil a hit as well at the box office. The remake, The Omen made a record-breaking Tuesday open into a fourth place finish for the weekend with $15.4 million. The Omen stars Live Schreiber and Julia Stiles as parents of Damien, who is the son of the devil; Mia Farrow plays the loving grandmother. Its six day total is a very impressive $35.7 million.
Another animated comedy stayed in the top 5, DreamWorks' Over the Hedge took that fifth spot with $10.3 million bringing the four week total to $130.2 million. A star-studded cast lends their voices to the film as forest animals including Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, and William Shatner.
The Da Vinci Code fell off a little bit in its fourth week, but still brought in $10.3 million over the weekend in sixth place. Domestically, the Ron Howard-directed suspense-thriller has made $189 million; with it being an amazing international sensation ($453.2 million), the Sony flick is up to $642 million world wide, which is just $100 million shy of what the studio was predicting for a total gross.
In seventh place, the star-studded indie film, A Prairie Home Companion with an opening weekend total of $4.7 million. The film is based on the radio show, of the same name, and stars Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Maya Rudolph, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, John C. Riley, Virginia Madsen, Lindsay Lohan, Kevin Kline, and writer Garrison Keeler, who also appears in the radio show. The impressive part about this total is it was done in only limited cities and with 760 theaters. It opens with a wider release in the weeks to come.
With an eighth place finish, Mission: Impossible III; the third installment of the action series brought in just over $3 million for the weekend. Starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the film never took off the ground here in the states; the six week total is up to $127.5 million, which is still way off the budget.
The Robin Williams family comedy, RV is still kicking taking in $2 million this weekend. In seven weeks, the film has made $65 million, which helps turn around a very poor year last year for Sony into a great start through half the year.
And finally, in tenth place, Warner Bros. remake Poseidon with $1.8 million over the weekend. The $55 million total in five weeks has been very disappointing for the studio considering it cost $160 million to make.
Next week, look for three more studio films plus a romantic drama to battle Cars for the top spot at the box office. Paramount is releasing the Jack Black Mexican wrestling comedy, Nacho Libre, which is written by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite); Universal drives out the third installment of the Fast and the Furious series, called Tokyo Drift; and Fox is dishing out the sequel Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, starring Bill Murray as the voice of Garfield.
Also coming out this weekend, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock reunite for the romantic film, The Lake House. After 12 years, the two Speed stars team up again in a whole new direction.