But while the movie fared well with audiences (an A on CinemaScore) and received favorable reviews, it didn't perform as high as recent Pixar sequels Toy Story 3 ($110 million) and Finding Dory ($135.1 million) did on their opening weekends. As of Sunday morning, it appears some have fared better than others. That's lower than the openings of "Cars" ($60.1 million) and "Cars 2" ($66.1).
The good news is that Wonder Woman, the best movie now in the top ten at the box office, casually strolled past the $500 million mark at the global box office.
To sum it all up: Congrats, Cars 3, on a great opening weekend, and congrats, Wonder Woman, for continuing to kick ass in theaters the world over. Hollis also cited new character Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo, as an important part of the film.
Cars 3 revved its engines over the weekend, knocking Wonder Woman out of first place for the first time in its theatrical run. The movie, landing at No. 3, came in ahead expectations with $27.1 million from 2,471 theaters. After years in development hell and numerous directors attached (including John Singleton and Antoine Fuqua), the movie finally hit theaters with weekend with music video director Benny Boom at the helm. The film opened on what would have been the late rapper's 46 birthday, which helped it get out of the gate fast on Friday with $12.8 million. It's the first feature released by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, which acquired movie-distribution company Freestyle Releasing in 2015.
Sadly, more people went to see the low budget thriller "47 Meters Down", starring Mandy Moore and a whole bunch of sharks chasing her. Lucia Aniello directed the film.
Sony Pictures' R-rated comedy "Rough Night", featuring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon, was a miss with a take of $8.1 million, or only about half of the $16 million projection of BoxOfficePro.com.
"It is genuinely a amusing movie that was made at the right price, and there is a place for Rough Night as summer counter-programming in the coming weeks", said Sony's distribution chief Adrian Smith.
In its third weekend, Wonder Woman held strong with $40.8 million (£31.8 million), bringing its domestic total to $274.6 million (£214.3 million).