2. “Grown Ups” ($41 million)
3. “Knight and Day” ($20.5 million)
4. “The Karate Kid” ($15.4 million)
5. “The A-Team” ($6 million)
Even with two high profile new releases in theaters this weekend, moviegoers haven’t abandoned their favorite old toys as “Toy Story 3” once again won first place at the box office for its second weekend in a row, beating out newcomers “Grown Ups” and “Knight and Day.”
With $59 million earned this weekend, the third “Toy Story” outing has proven itself a massively successful investment for Pixar, having outgrossed its $200 million production budget by $70 million worldwide. Already the single greatest opening performance of any Pixar film and the second best animated debut of all time, there appears to be no slowing down when it comes to Andy’s favorite toys.
But victory extended beyond the childlike wonder of “Toy Story 3” as “Grown Ups” easily won second place. The Sony film stars noted comedy veterans Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, with their star power resulting in a solid $41 million finish.
Star power wasn’t a booster for “Knight and Day,” however. The Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz-starring romantic action comedy came in third place with $20.5 million, resulting in a $27.8 million cumulative total since opening on Wednesday. Whether or not the disappointing results for “Knight and Day” have a tangible effect on the futures of both Diaz and Cruise remains to be seen. No matter how it plays out, it’s an unfortunate step backwards for both parties, particularly considering that “Knight and Day” received some strong recommendations from reviewers.
“The Karate Kid” and “The A-Team” rounded out the top five with $15.4 million and $6 million finishes. “Jonah Hex” finished out the weekend in tenth place with $1.6 million.
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