Cars 3

“Cars 3’s” $2.8 million gross is in the same range as 2013’s “Monsters University,” another Pixar sequel that opened with $2.6 million in previews and took in $82.4 million in its opening weekend.

Starring Owen Wilson as racer Lightning McQueen,  the movie is expected to lead the weekend with $55 million to $65 million at 4,256 locations. Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” which has dominated the past two frames, should follow with about $30 million.

“Cars 3” focuses on a past-his-prime Lightning McQueen making a comeback and dealing with new rival Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer.

Brian Fee, a storyboard artist on the first two “Cars” films, directed from a script by Bob Peterson, Kiel Murray, and Mike Rich. The voice cast of “Cars 3” includes Cristela Alonzo, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, and Lea DeLaria.

“Cars” opened domestically with $60 million in 2006 on its way to a $244 million total and $462 million worldwide. “Cars 2” took in $66 million in its launch and wound up with $191 million in North America and $562 million worldwide.

Sony’s raunchy comedy Rough Night has been forecast to finish in the $12 million to $14 million range at 3,162 locations. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, and Ilana Glazer portray friends reunited for a bachelorette weekend that goes off the rails.

Entertainment Studios is opening “47 Meters Down,” starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, amid muted expectations in the $5 million range at 2,300 venues.

“Cars 3” has received decent support from critics, earning a 62% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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