Monday, June 21, 2010

Toy Story 3 Tops US Weekend B-O

JUNE 21, 2010 - Pixar Animation Studios broke the piggy bank again with Toy Story 3, raking in an estimated US$109 million over the weekend. Overall weekend business was up 29 percent over the same time last year, and, with around US$195 million, it was the industry's largest-grossing third weekend of June ever.

Pixar's track record extended to 11 consecutive blockbusters, reaffirming yet again the role that consistent, universal storytelling plays in branding and commercial success. Toy Story 3 delivered the studio's highest-grossing launch yet, surpassing The Incredibles' $70.5 million. Toy Story 3 also generated the second biggest-grossing start ever for an animated feature, behind Shrek the Third's $121.6 million. The latter, though, had the advantage of opening in mid-May, when business is more concentrated on the weekends than at this time in June (when most kids are off from school).

The weekend's other nationwide debut, Jonah Hex, was a complete misfire, rustling up a paltry estimated US$5.1 million at 2,825 locations and ranking eighth.

Here are the Top 5 North American B-O studio estimates for June 18-20, 2010 weekend, in terms of rank, Movie name (studio), Weekend takings in USD, (Cumulative gross, USD) and week on chart, courtesy of Boxofficemojo.

1. Toy Story 3 (BV) $109.0 million ($109-mil) 1

2. Tne Karate Kid (Sony) $29.0 million ($106.2-mil) 2

3. The A-Team (Fox) $13.7 million ($49.7-mil) 2

4. Get Him To The Greek (Universal) $6.1 million ($47.8-mil) 3

5. Shrek Forever After (Paramount/DW) $5.5 million ($222.9-mil) 5


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