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'Cars 3' speeds past 'Wonder Woman' at box office

Cars 3 cruises toward $50m-plus weekend

With 55 percent positive reviews, the other new wide release was the shark-diving horror thriller "47 Meters Down".

The new animated film from Disney-Pixar earned an estimated $53.5 million, putting it behind the first Cars' $60.1 million debut and the sequel's $66.1 million opening weekend. Combined with everything it's made overseas, Wonder Woman has now made $571.8 million worldwide. Hollis also cited new character Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo, as an important part of the film.

Despite having the franchise's lowest debut, Cars 3 dethroned Wonder Woman to claim first place at the North American box office this weekend.

Coming in fourth is The Mummy, which premiered in second place last weekend. The biographical drama film about hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur is directed by Benny Boom. The film opened on what would have been the late rapper's 46 birthday, which helped it get out of the gate fast on Friday with $12.8 million. Entertainment Studios' shark tale "47 Meters Down" finished fifth with an estimated 11.5 million US dollars in its debut weekend. It's the first major release from Entertainment Studios, which acquired the project from its original distributor, Dimension Films. "In a world where the typical superhero blockbuster starts out strong and quickly fades, Wonder Woman sees her star shining more brightly as time goes on, and that is a rare thing indeed", Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore, told Variety.

Sony's raunchy R-rated comedy, "Rough Night" came in at seventh place with $8.1 million from 3,162 locations. Lucia Aniello directed the film.

Though these kind of movies historically never do well in theaters (everyone waits until these titles hit cable/streaming), Sony was hoping with a cast that included Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and "Broad City" star Ilana Glazer, there would be a lot of girls' night out treks to the movies. However, Sony is not anxious about the film's performance, with distribution chief Adrian Smith telling Variety that it is "genuinely a amusing movie that was made at the right price", and assuring that it will find an audience in summer counter-programming in the coming weeks.