The Box-Office Top Five
#1 “Toy Story 3″ ($109 million)
#2 “The Karate Kid” ($29 million)
#3 “The A-Team” ($13.8 million)
#4 “Get Him to the Greek” ($6.1 million)
#5 “Shrek Forever After” ($5.5 million)
Two Wild West heroes entered the box-office arena this weekend. Only one gunslinger made it out with victory to his name. That badge-wielding cowboy goes by the name of Woody, the pull-string action figure at the center of “Toy Story 3,” Pixar’s latest effort that easily outgunned “Jonah Hex.”
“Toy Story 3″ emerged in first place this weekend with a fantastic $109 million haul, the best opening weekend ever for any Pixar film to date. “The Incredibles” held the previous record with $70.5 million. At the start of the weekend, some box-office analysts predicted that the third “Toy Story” installment could break the best opening weekend record for an animated film, though the latest adventure of Andy’s toys settled for the second best record behind “Shrek the Third” ($121.6 million).
In contrast to the “Toy Story” threequel’s massively successful opening performance was “Jonah Hex,” Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the DC Comics Western hero. Even with the involvement of high-profile actors like Josh Brolin and Megan Fox, “Jonah Hex” was unable to overcome harsh critical backlash and bad prerelease buzz, resulting in a dismal $5.1 million eighth-place finish.
“The Karate Kid,” last weekend’s big winner, continued its successful streak with $29 million in its second weekend at the box office. Likewise, “The A-Team” managed to hold strong with a $13.8 million third-place finish, even after its disappointing debut last weekend. “Get Him to the Greek” and “Shrek Forever After” rounded out the top five with $6.1 million and $5.5 million, respectively.
The weekend’s highest per screen average belonged to “Cyrus,” the independent comedy starring John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill. “Cyrus” earned $180,300 on just four screens nationwide.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are getting a head start on the weekend, as their spy comedy “Knight and Day” hits theaters on Wednesday. Adam Sandler and Chris Rock’s comedy “Grown Ups” arrives on the big screen on Friday.
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