2. “The Karate Kid” ($8.9 million)
3. “The A-Team” ($4.2 million)
4. “Shrek Forever After” ($2.5 million)
5. “Jonah Hex” ($2 million)
It’s been eleven years since the most recent “Toy Story” installment hit theaters — not counting last summer’s special 3-D double feature of the first two films — but even after all this time, moviegoers proved that their love for Woody, Buzz and the rest of Andy’s toys remains intact by awarding the threequel with a first place victory on Friday.
Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″ debuted in first on Friday to the tune of $41 million earned across over 4,000 North American locations. The film is on track for an impressive $115 to $120 million weekend performance, which would be the all time greatest opening weekend for an animated movie. Already, the Friday numbers for “Toy Story 3″ are twice as big as the same day numbers posted by “Up” last year.
On the complete opposite end of that spectrum is “Jonah Hex,” the Josh Brolin and Megan Fox-starring comic book adaptation of the scarred western gunslinger from DC Comics. The film has received almost universally negative reviews, which in turn translated to some incredibly poor numbers for the comic book flick, landing in fifth place with only $2 million on Friday.
The middle three competitors performed as expected, with “The Karate Kid” continuing to perform admirably with an $8.9 million second place. “The A-Team” took $4.2 million for third while “Shrek Forever After” finished Friday with $2.5 million.
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