Pixar had its twelfth number one opening last weekend with Cars 2, the sequel to the studio’s 2006 hit. Despite its $68 million opening weekend gross, Cars 2 hasn’t gotten favorable reviews from most critics, which is a new experience for Pixar “Perfect Track Record” Animation Studios. Don’t worry, guys, we all have our bad days, and Brave looks like it’ll be great. Coming in second at the box office was Bad Teacher, which earned $31 million in its first weekend of release. Rounding out the top five was Green Lantern (weekend gross $18.3 million, total gross $89.3 million), Super 8 (weekend gross $12.1 million, total gross $95.1 million) and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (weekend gross $10.3 million, total gross $39.4 million).
Other new releases last weekend were Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop ($104,833), Turtle: The Incredible Journey ($72,444), A Better Life ($60,000), Passione ($17,294) and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front ($14,100).
Next weekend sees even more anthropomorphised vehicles with the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, while fellow wide releases Larry Crowne and Monte Carlo seem to be missing out on the whole “talking cars” thing. Out in limited release will be Crime After Crime, Love Etc., The Perfect Host and Terri.