Box Office: “Cars 3” opens Pixar small, “All Eyez on Me” blows up

Ho hum…another Pixar picture opening, another win at the weekend box office.

But “Cars 3” isn’t utterly outrunning the field, with a $51-52 million opening. You have to go WAAaaaaaaay down this chart to find a Pixar cartoon that has opened under $60 million.

Yes, they’re sucking the money away from “Captain Underpants,” but no, “Wonder Woman” still managed another $40 million in spite of that.

Premiere of "I Like It Like That" To Benefit Women In NeedAll the years of planning, abortive starts — different directors –– and reviews that didn’t overwhelm didn’t matter to the long-planned Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me.” It earned an astounding $31 million, with the director of “Next Day Air,” nobody’s idea of A-list, at the helm. No big names in the cast, none. Jamal Woolard reprising his interpretation of Biggie Smalls from”Notorious,” and that’s about it. Young Demetrius Shipp delivers the right look and intensity and the Roadside Attractions gamble pays off.

“Rough Night” is bombing, not anywhere within striking distance of $10 million. The cheap, briefly direct-to-video “47 Meters Down” cleared $10 million. After costs, it’ll probably end up with $10 million in the bank above and beyond what it would have made off video. Mandy Moore’s not big box office. Sharks? They draw.

“Pirates” has cleared $150 million. “Underpants” will top out at $65-70, “Guardians” will pass $375 by late Sunday, first shows Monday.

“The Book of Henry” didn’t crack the top ten in limited release, $1.65 million. Poor reviews didn’t help.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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