Weekend Box Office Report: 'Cars 3' Drives Away With First Place

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This weekend featured a heated race between four new films that opened in wide release.

The big victor is Disney and Pixar's "Cars 3", which is speeding to $53.5 million from 4,256 locations, putting it in first place. The G-rated film follows in the tire tracks of 2011's "Cars 2" (66.1 million USA dollars debut) and 2006's first installment (60.1 million US dollars debut). Overseas, Cars 3 debuted to $21.3 million from its first handful of territories for a global start of $74.8 million. ABC News is owned by Disney.

The first two films in the "Cars" franchise have reflected the growing clout of markets overseas. Wonder Woman had its third weekend in theaters, and it has shown barely any signs of slowing down, which is a very good sign for the DCEU. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie", $7.4 million ($57.96 million total) 9.

Fifth place went to horror thriller 47 Meters Down starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as sisters trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean with less than an hour of oxygen.

The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), from his early days in NY to his status as one of the world's most recognized and influential voices. The biographical drama film about hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur is directed by Benny Boom. Named after Shakur's fourth studio album, the movie includes over a dozen songs from his music catalogue.

Owen Wilson returns as the voice of Lightning McQueen in "Cars 3".

Rounding out the top five this weekend is newcomer 47 Meters Down with an estimated $11.5 million from 2,270 locations. It's the first feature released by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, which acquired movie-distribution company Freestyle Releasing in 2015. Sony can't be happy with the performance of the R comedy "Rough Night", which only took in $8 million on over 3,000 screens. His contributions to film criticism can be found in Magill's Cinema Annual, the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, and the St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia (on which he collaborated with editor Andrew Sarris).

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