Pixar‘s Cars 2 drove to the #1 spot in its first weekend, grossing $66.135 million; it’s the 12th consecutive No. 1 film but only the fifth highest-grossing opening weekend for the studio.  Bad Teacher, starring friendly exes Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, taught a lesson or two to be #2 at the box office with $31.603 million. In just one week, Green Lantern‘s light was dimmed as it fell to #3.  #4 Super 8 and #5 Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($10.145 million) finished off the top five.

With absolutely no change in theater count, the 66.1% drop to $18.028 million for Green Lantern was highly disappointing for the $200 million movie.  Internationally released in fourteen countries, the movie has took in only $29.4 million overseas, adding to the current worldwide total of $118.389 million.  It looks as if Warner Bros. won’t be rushing to produce a sequel for the DC superhero but like The Hulk and Spider-man (2012), could see a possible reboot in the future.

The $50 million Super 8 is slightly over $80 million in the black as its worldwide total equals $131.114 million.  That gross is due to the $95.114 million the movie has pulled in in three weekends domestically, $12.028 million from this past weekend.  The movie is holding its own and has been added to 16 theaters too.

#6 X-Men: First Class has surpassed its $160 million budget yet the critically-praised movie is behind X-Men: The Last Stand ($459.359 million – 18 weekends), X2: X-Men United ($407.711 million – 21 weekends) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($373.062 million – 22 weekends).  It, of course, looks as if it beat out the original X-Men ($296.339 million) by about $21 million but with a 11-year ticket price inflation, First Class is in last place.  The weekend gross was a mere $6.68 million.

The fourth in the Disney series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is hanging in at #9 with $4.928 million.  Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow is a hit with international audiences with a total foreign gross of $756.1 million but in the US and Canada, the total domestic gross is only $229.287 million.  The international numbers has boosted the movie to #2 in the Pirates series especially in Japan.

Check out ‘What To Watch – Theater Edition’ this Wednesday (not the usual Friday) for this week’s new movie releases…will the Autobots be able to save us and Earth from the Decepticons again?

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