'Cars 3' speeds to No. 1, Tupac biopic nets strong debut

'Cars 3' speeds to No. 1, Tupac biopic nets strong debut

'Cars 3' speeds to No. 1, Tupac biopic nets strong debut

Cars 3, which brings Owen Wilson back to the Pixar franchise after a six year break, hit in the lower end of expectations, falling at $53.5 million.

Lightning McQueen and his pals in Cars 3 raced to the top spot at the United States box office this weekend, pushing Wonder Woman into second place for the first time since it opened. This marks a 30 percent drop for the DC film, whose domestic and global totals now stand at approximately $274.6 million and $571.8 million, respectively.

"Cars 3" is now on track for a $60 million debut despite opening against four other films this Father's Day weekend. Lionsgate's biopic about hip-hop star Tupac Shakur placed third, earning an estimated $27.1 million at the domestic box office.

Receiving fairly positive critical reception with a 65 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, "Cars 3" also continues Pixar's CinemaScore streak with an A. Aside from the A- scored by "Cars 2", every Pixar film has received an A or A+ from CS polls. Entertainment Studios' "47 Meters Down" rounds out the top five with a $10.6 million opening from 2,270 screens.

Cars 3 sees the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as the red race auto contends with growing old after getting in an accident while racing against his new rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer).

DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, came in eighth place for its third week in theaters, taking in $7.4 million from 2,968 locations for a new North American total of $58 million.

Despite being knocked down to second place, Wonder Woman still had an impressive showing.

"Rough Night" looks to be beat by independent shark thriller "47 Meters Down", starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, and Glazer make up a rowdy girl gang who reunite for a bachelorette weekend that goes horribly wrong.

Outside the top 10 is Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow's latest film, The Book of Henry, which earned an estimated $1.4 million from 579 locations.

Per ComScore, overall box office is up 2.7 percent in the same frame from past year.

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