Pixar’s latest movie, “Cars 3,” may have won the weekend box office, but that was hardly the most interesting thing that went down at the multiplex the last couple of days.
The latest movie in the “Cars” franchise took in an estimated $US53 million, according to Exhibitor Relations, the lowest opening for any “Cars” movie.
In second place with $US40 million is “Wonder Woman,” which continues to be a cash cow for Warner Bros./DCEU with a domestic total of $US274 million and over $US500 million worldwide.
But then things get interesting. In a surprising third place with $US27 million is “All Eyez on Me,” the biopic on the late rapper, Tupac Shakur. After years in development hell and numerous directors attached (including John Singleton and Antoine Fuqua), the movie finally hit theatres with weekend with music video director Benny Boom at the helm. It proved audiences have a hunger for a Tupac movie as much as they do for his music.
Released through Lionsgate, the movie was the number two ticket seller behind “Cars 2” on Fandango Thursday and Friday and then went and outgrossed “Wonder Woman” on Friday with $US12.8 million (including $US3.1 million in Thursday preview screenings) versus $US10.8 million for the comic book icon.
So, despite its 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences flocked to see actor Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s on-the-nose performance of Tupac and the rapper’s numerous featured tracks in the movie.
But not everyone did great. Sony can’t be happy with the performance of the R comedy “Rough Night,” which only took in $US8 million on over 3,000 screens.
Though these kind of movies historically never do well in theatres (everyone waits until these titles hit cable/streaming), Sony was hoping with a cast that included Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer, there would be a lot of girls’ night out treks to the movies.
Sadly, more people went to see the low budget thriller “47 Meters Down,” starring Mandy Moore and a whole bunch of sharks chasing her. The movie edged past “Rough Night,” taking in $US11.5 million.
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