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Box-Office Buzz: Back on Track?

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Posted by Martin • July 11, 2011

If this weekend is any indicator, Cars 2 may be back on track to a stronger box-office take than most might have expected.

Pixar’s latest picked up just under $5 million dollars on Friday and Sunday, with a Saturday total of about $6 million. It is with little doubt that I see Cars 2 ending somewhere in between Ratatouille and WALL•E‘s domestic gross. This week’s total:

$148,831,530

Pixar’s latest experienced a relatively low drop from the previous week, earning an estimated $15 million dollar. That’s only a 50% drop from the extended Fourth of July weekend and a 40% change without counting the holiday. This is a huge improvement over last week’s plummet of over 60%.

Update: Actuals are in!

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(via Box Office Mojo)

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Cars 2 Weekday Box-Office Report! (07/05/11 – 07/07/11) [UPDATE X2]

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Posted by Martin • July 6, 2011

Cars 2 entered its second week at the United States box-office with a boost from Monday’s national holiday.

Although Pixar’s latest is nowhere near last year’s impressive Toy Story 3 numbers, the film seems to be standing its ground as the work week moves along. Check in daily to track Cars 2‘s progress.

Monday: 4th of July — Counted as weekend.
Tuesday: $3,822,288
Wednesday: $3,654,951
Thursday: $3,581,966

Cumulative: $133,619,515

Notes + Predictions: As we noted in the past, this weekend was pretty abysmal compared to Pixar’s latest releases. However, the weekday seems to be holding up well. By the end of Sunday, I can see Cars 2 safely crossing the $150 million mark. Where do you see it ending?

International: Around the world, Cars 2 has earned an estimated $82 million dollars for a combined global total of $208 million.

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(via Box Office Mojo)

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Cars 2: “Frankly, it’s too good for that.”

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Posted by Thomas • July 5, 2011

Just a brief note here of an article everyone should read by Michael Cavna, on Comic Riffs over at the Washington Post.

Cavna ponders whether Pixar’s latest blockbuster Cars 2, has performed so poorly critically due to "overheated expectations". I’m currently in a country where Cars 2 hasn’t been released, so I am unable to comment precisely on how accurate Cavna is, however, the article does sum up my sentiments on how this could have happened.

I don’t want to steal the punchline from the article, but please do read it, Pixar Pile-Up: Is ‘Cars 2’ crashing into overheated expectations?

Cars 2 is still yet to open in the Netherlands, Spain, UK, France, Germany, Japan and a host of more, all dates available here.

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Box Office Buzz: Fourth of July Weekend! [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • July 4, 2011

Cars 2 drove past its second weekend at the US box-office; let’s see how the film fared this time around.

Unfortunately, Pixar’s latest may not have had the most explosive 4th of July weekend. Friday brought in $7.9 million dollars, with similar Saturday and Sunday averages of around $9 million. Monday’s take of about $5.3 million rounded out the long weekend, bringing Cars 2 to a total of:

$122,560,310

Here’s the good news, Cars 2 broke past the $100 million dollar mark in a very short amount of time. The bad news is that Cars 2 made 70-50% less than it did last week— a monumental drop compared to past Pixar titles. Usually, we look towards the studio’s long "legs" to carry the film for months. But likely due to an abundance of negative reviews, Cars 2 isn’t showing this powerful characteristic, however there’s still time to change this trend for the better.

Update: Actuals are in, Cars 2 made a total of $31 M this weekend. See above for the film’s cumulative gross so far.

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(via Box Office Mojo)

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Cars 2 Easter Eggs!

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Posted by Martin • July 1, 2011

Need another excuse to catch Cars 2 in theaters again?

Disney/Pixar recently released their list of must-see Easter Eggs from their latest film. Maybe you found A113 and the Pizza Planet truck on your first viewing, but did you catch the Brave reference? See if you can spot these hidden gems on your next outing:

NOD TO THE NUMBER — The number A113, which refers to John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton’s former classroom at CalArts, makes an appearance in every Pixar film. In “Cars 2,” you can see A113 in two places: as the number on Mater’s license plate, and as the number on Siddeley the spy jet’s tail fin.

THAT’S INCREDIBLE — In Radiator Springs, Mater drives past the Radiator Springs Drive-in, and the movie displayed on the marquee is “The Incredimobiles,” a “car-ified” version of Disney-Pixar’s 2004 film “The Incredibles.”

TAKE OUT OR DELIVERY —The Pizza Planet Truck, first seen in the original “Toy Story,” makes an appearance in almost every Pixar film. It actually appears twice in “Cars 2”—as a guest on the “Tire Talk” television show just before the Mel Dorado show comes on, and in the Radiator Springs epilogue as a race spectator when the jet-propelled Mater flies by. ·

SNEAK PEEK — In every Pixar film, savvy viewers can catch a sneak peek at a tease for the studio’s next release. In “Cars 2,” there is a “car-ified” version of prominent figures from 2012’s “Brave.” When the Lemons crash into Ye Left Turn Inn in the London sequence, look closely! · DINNER IS SERVED — In Paris, there is a restaurant called Gastow’s, a “car-ified” reference to Gusteau’s, the gourmet Parisian restaurant from “Ratatouille.”

MAKING THE ROUNDS — In the London leg of the World Grand Prix, a banner advertising “Lassetyre” tires is visible, a reference to director John Lasseter.

FROM V8 TO V9 — The exterior of Flo’s V8 Café has been extended in “Cars 2” to accommodate the set for “Flo’s Cooking Show,” which was to be featured in a segment of the film that was eventually cut. However, you can still catch a glimpse of the extension when the café is viewed from the outside.

A STAR IS BORN — “Cars 2” director John Lasseter voices two characters in the film: John Lassetire, Jeff Gorvette’s crew chief, and a gambling car in the Porto Corsa Casino. His Porto Corsa line: “C’mon, fuzzy dice!”

LEWIS LENDS A LINE — “Cars 2” co-director Brad Lewis performs the voice of Tubbs Pacer, one of the Lemonheads featured in Porto Corsa.

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For more Cars 2 Easter Eggs, check out Pixar’s full list at SlashFilm!

Found an unlisted Easter Egg? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Cars 2 Weekday Box-Office Report! (6/27/11 – 6/30/11) [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • June 30, 2011

Even after facing fearsome competition from the latest Transformers, Cars 2 is holding up well into the work week.

As always, box-office takes a hit after the weekend, but compared to some of Pixar’s recent hits, Cars 2 is on the right track. Here’s how the week played out so far.

Monday: $6,958,490
Tuesday: $7,089,413
Wednesday: $5,540,193
Thursday: $5,207,012

Cumulative Box-Office: $90,930,615

Notes + Predictions: Weekday Box-Office reports will be published on the blog each Tuesday. Starting next week, look out for these types of posts in their regularly scheduled date. Cars 2 should round out the week at about $90 million, undoubtedly breaking the $100 million dollar mark over the upcoming weekend. Sounds good!

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(via Box Office Mojo)

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Box Office Buzz: 12th Consecutive #1 Weekend! [UPDATE X2]

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Posted by Martin • June 26, 2011

Pixar continues its streak of box office hits with Cars 2, the studio’s 12th consecutive #1 opener.

Weekend predictions considerably underestimated the film’s potential setting the scene for a fantastic opening day at $25.7 million. With Saturday and Sunday estimates at $23.3 million and $19 million, respectively, Cars 2 tallies in at:

$66,135,507

If estimates prove accurate, Cars 2 would tie with Up as Pixar’s 4th biggest opening yet! Better yet, if the film overshoots by a couple million, it could bust The Incredibles’ ($70M) 2nd place spot. It’s worth noting that the original Cars opened at $60 million just five years ago. Check back for weekend actuals.

Update: International numbers are in! Cars 2 pulled approximately $42 million from 18 territories. Needless to say, it was this weekend’s number one opener globally as well as domestically!

Update 2: Actuals are in!

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(via Box Office Mojo)

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The Sound and Music of Cars 2!

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Posted by Martin • June 26, 2011

The Soundworks Collection once again takes us into the world of Pixar sound design with the folks behind Cars 2!

From lemons to sports cars, getting out in the field to record real vehicles was just some of the work that Al Nelson, Tom Myers and the rest of the Skywalker Ranch crew had to conduct in order to keep the sequel sounding as genuine as possible. Composer Michael Giacchino is also featured:

Cars 2 is in US theaters now!

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Box Office Buzz: Analysts Underestimate Cars 2 Engine!

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Posted by Martin • June 25, 2011

Even after facing mixed reviews and negative attitude from fans, nothing can stop a Pixar bullet train!

Cars 2 is on track to rake in as much as $70 million in its opening weekend, much more than the media had anticipated. Estimates for this Friday put the film at a healthy:

$25.7 million

This figure might not seem like much compared to Toy Story 3‘s monumental success last year, but this is actually one of 2011’s biggest openers yet. Cars 2 may not be the critical success we would have hoped for, but it’s sure looking like another financial winner from Pixar!

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(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Cars 2 Release Party with GMA!

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Posted by Martin • June 24, 2011

How would you like to be one of the folks in this next video?

The cameras from ABC’s Good Morning America went inside Pixar Animation Studios for a live look at today’s Cars 2 release party! Weatherman and TV-personality, Sam Champion, was on hand to interview director John Lasseter in front of a screaming crowd of fans:

Cars 2 opens today!

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