Cars 2″ in pole position, opens with $68 million

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For the 12th time run­ning, a Pixar film has opened to win the race at the box office.

The Dis­ney unit’s Cars 2 defeated all chal­lengers this week­end with a $68 mil­lion opener, accord­ing to stu­dio esti­mates Sunday.

The orig­i­nal Cars (2006) opened at $60.1 mil­lion. How­ever, it sold more tick­ets than Cars 2, as admis­sion prices are higher nowadays.

Cars 2 debuted con­sid­er­ably below last year’s Toy Story 3, which set a stu­dio record of $110.3 mil­lion. How­ever, its ini­tial week­end was almost as suc­cess­ful as that of Up, which opened in 2009 at $68.1 million.

Cameron Diaz’s class­room com­edy Bad Teacher opened in sec­ond place this week­end with $31 million.

Pixar first won at the box office with its ini­tial fea­ture film, Toy Story (1995).

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