Cars 3 Dethrones Wonder Woman to Top the Weekend Box Office

Erica Roy
June 19, 2017

Cars 3 revved its engines over the weekend, knocking Wonder Woman out of first place for the first time in its theatrical run.

Studio estimates said Disney and Pixar's Cars 3 opened with $53.5 million (£41.7 million) - a low for the $1 billion (£780 million) series.

"Wonder Woman", meanwhile, continues to perform very well in its third week with $40.7 million, only a 30 percent drop from last weekend's $58.5 million total. The movie grossed a muted $3.3 million Friday for a projected $8 million-plus weekend. The original Cars opened to $60.1 million in its North American debut and went on to earn a total of $462.2 million worldwide. After three weeks, the latest film in the DC Extended Universe (and the first one featuring a female superhero as the lead) has pulled in an estimated domestic box office total of $275 million so far as well as an global haul of $297 million for an impressive worldwide total of $571 million. The film came in ahead expectations with $27.1 million from 2,471 theaters.

This image released by Disney shows Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, left, and Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo in a scene from "Cars 3".

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Fourth place will be a tight finish between "The Mummy" and "47 Meters Down". Two other new movies, "47 Meters Down" and "Rough Night", and placed fifth and seventh, respectively. The movie, which is a Tom Cruise-starring reboot of the 1999 film of the same name, earned an estimated $13.9 million this weekend for a cumulative domestic box office haul of $56.5 million.

Its cast features Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, "Broad City" star Ilana Glazer, Jillian Bell and Zoë Kravitz who reunite for a bachelorette party that goes horribly wrong in Miami. Entertainment Studios' shark tale "47 Meters Down" finished fifth with an estimated 11.5 million USA dollars in its debut weekend.

You can view this weekend's full box office results below.

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