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

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Cars 2

Cars 2

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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