After opening in splendid fashion last week, Toy Story 3 had a battle going into its second frame. While Jonah Hex wasn't going to be any kind of competition (and it was indeed squashed - more under the weight of audience disinterest than anything else), a gaggle of mega-watt stars in two high-profile films stood in the Pixar sequel's way this time around. Did Woody and the gang overcome flashy names like Cruise, Sandler, Diaz and... Spade?
The box office this summer has been, to put it mildly, disappointing. The last two weeks, however, are setting things on the right track, putting audiences and studio execs alike in a happier frame of mind. At least, for now.
The number one film this weekend is Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 (was there ever any doubt?). The third film in the lovable franchise gives Pixar its best opening ever, grabbing approximately $109 million from 4,028 locations, including 2,463 3D screens. The opening topples the number set be Pixar's previous opening weekend champ, The Incredibles, which made $70 million when it debuted in November of 2004. Worldwide, the film - which scored a 99% Fresh Rating over at Rotten Tomatoes - gobbled up an additional $153 million; it should have no problem catching up to Toy Story 2's $485 million worldwide gross. Reaching the heights of Pixar's worldwide champ Finding Nemo ($867.9 million) will be a much more difficult task.