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).