The Toy Story Franchise Wins Again!
Third time is definitely a charm. Chalk up another win for Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the toy squadron. Toy Story 3, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and others, opened at 4,028 North American theaters on Friday, June 18, grossing an astounding $41 million, or $10,179 per theater, according to Box Office Mojo. Partly thanks to inflation and higher 3D/IMAX ticket prices, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 became the first animated Pixar release to earn more than $100 million (it actually did $110.3 million, if you want to be exact about it) on its debut weekend.
This year’s only major contention is Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska. The film grossed around $40 million on its opening Friday in early March (ticket prices were lower then, too) and went on to earn $116m over the weekend. The reviews for Toy Story 3 have been much stronger than those for Burton’s 2D-to-3D fantasy, so the odds of its second weekend being wildly successful are high.
Harald Zwart‘s The Karate Kid, featuring Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, and Taraji P. Henson, collected $28.9 million this past weekend. Had Toy Story 3 not opened this weekend, The Karate Kid would have maintained its lead at the box office. But now there’s pretty much no chance in Hades that it’ll ever be the # 1 movie again.