‘Cars’ Passes ‘The Omen,’ Lindsay Lohan In Box-Office Race

Animated film earns $62.8 million, outrunning new releases and bumping 'The Break-Up' to #2.

Owen Wilson and Paul Newman revved their engines and drove the animated film “Cars” straight to #1 on the box-office top 10.

The Pixar family film debuted in the top spot with $62.8 million, according to early estimates. That number was high enough to make the film the third-best opening for Disney-Pixar films, behind “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo.”

“Cars,” which knocked last week’s #1 film, “The Break-Up” to #2, centers on Wilson’s Lightning McQueen, a speed-hungry race car who finds himself slowed down in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs.

“The Break-Up,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn as a couple that decides to separate but can’t agree on who should get their shared apartment (see “Aniston And Vaughn Fight For Laughs In The So-Familiar-It-Hurts ‘Break-Up’ “) , shifted down a spot, coming in at #2 with more than $20.4 million.

Also slipping a notch this week is “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The series’ latest installment — which focuses on the X-Men’s choice to embrace or fight a possible cure for their mutations (see “Nine Things You Need to Know Before Seeing ‘X-Men’ This Weekend” ) — fell from #2 to #3, earning more than $15.5 million during its third weekend in theaters. The movie, which broke a box-office record with its Memorial Day weekend earnings, reached another milestone this week, becoming the first film of the year to earn more than $200 million.

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Embracing the once-in-a-millennium 6.6.06, the remake of “The Omen” — starring Julia Stiles as the mother of a child who may be the spawn of Satan (see “For The ‘Omen’ Cast, All Signs Point To Good Old Evil” ) — opened Tuesday in hopes of cashing in on the fright-inducing date and earned $12.6 million and set a Tuesday box-office record in the process. The film, which took in more than $15.4 million from Friday to Sunday, opened at #4 on the weekend box-office top 10 and earned an estimated $35.7 million over six days.

With two new releases cracking the upper half of the top 10, “Over the Hedge” dropped two spots from #3 to #5 with more than $10.3 million. Avril Lavigne, Steve Carell and Bruce Willis lend their voices to the family film, which centers on a group of woodland creatures that find themselves wondering whether the grass really is greener on the other side — of the hedge recently erected in the middle of the land they call home (see “Look Out For Avril, Bruce Willis Digging In Your Trash” ).

“The Da Vinci Code” also dropped two notches, slipping from #4 to #6. The movie, starring Tom Hanks as a symbologist dispatched to solve a mysterious death at the Louvre (see “Ian McKellen Sticks Up For Evil In ‘Da Vinci Code,’ ‘X-Men’ “ ), earned $10.3 million.

The Robert Altman film “A Prairie Home Companion,” starring Lindsay Lohan and Meryl Streep, bowed at #7 with more than $4.6 million.

Rounding out the box-office top 10 are “Mission: Impossible III,” which fell from #5 to #8 with more than $3 million; “RV,” which dropped from #7 to #9 with $2 million; and “Poseidon,” which tumbled from #6 to #10 with more than $1.8 million.

Overall, ticket sales were up from the corresponding weekend last year.

Next week, look for “Nacho Libre,” “The Lake House” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” to debut on the box-office top 10.

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