Cars 2 opened in line with expectations this weekend, while Bad Teacher exceeded them.

‘Cars 2’ Opens in First; ‘Bad Teacher’ in a Strong Second

on June 27, 2011 by Daniel Garris
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The box office as a whole bounced back nicely this weekend with the one-two punch of Disney's Cars 2 and Sony's Bad Teacher. Cars 2 led the way with a solid $66.14 million start. The big-budget computer animated sequel from Pixar opened in line with pre-release expectations. Without taking into account ticket-price inflation, the film delivered the fifth largest debut of all-time for Pixar and the fourth largest debut ever in the month of June.

Cars 2 opened 10 percent stronger than the $60.12 million debut of 2006's Cars, but did open 8 percent softer than the $72.14 million adjusted for ticket price inflation start of Cars. Cars 2 was also far more front-loaded than the original Cars was on its opening weekend. After a strong $25.72 million start on Friday, Cars 2 went on to deliver an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.57 to 1. In comparison, Cars generated an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.05 to 1. That early sign strongly suggests that Cars 2 won't hold up as well as Cars did going forward, but it should also be noted that Cars did open in early June, when more students were still in school.

Internationally, Cars 2 was off to a $42.9 million start from just 18 foreign territories. That places the film's worldwide start at $109.0 million. With previous Pixar offerings in mind, Cars 2 was relatively stronger in its select international markets than it was domestically. Cars 2 delivered the largest debuts ever for a Pixar film in Russia ($9.3 million) and Brazil ($7.6 million) and the second largest Pixar debut ever in Mexico ($8.1 million). The film also opened with $5.2 million in Australia.

Bad Teacher exceeded its rapidly rising expectations with a strong second place debut of $31.60 million. The R-rated comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel earned a healthy per-location average of $10,365. Making the film's debut even that much more impressive was that it was produced for just $20 million, though it should also be noted that it was heavily marketed for a film of its size. The effective marketing of Bad Teacher by Sony was clearly a huge driving force in the film's success this weekend.

Following in the footsteps of Universal's Bridesmaids and Warner's The Hangover Part II, Bad Teacher continued the trend of R-rated comedies performing especially well this summer. Like Bridesmaids before it, Bad Teacher skewed fairly heavily towards female moviegoers as females made up 63 percent of its opening weekend audience. Moviegoers over 25 made up 57 percent of the film's audience. After opening with $12.24 million on Friday, Bad Teacher generated an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.58 to 1. While the film was front-loaded towards Friday this weekend, that is fairly commonplace for R-rated comedies in the summer.

Bad Teacher is also off to a nice start internationally. The film grossed $12.9 million this weekend from mostly smaller international markets. That places the film's international total at $18.3 million and worldwide total at $49.9 million. Bad Teacher opened with $6.1 million in Germany and grossed $1.9 million in its second weekend of release in the United Kingdom.

The news wasn't anywhere near as good for Warner's Green Lantern this weekend. The expensive superhero film took third place with $18.03 million, but was down a very sharp 66 percent from last weekend's debut. In comparison, 2008's The Incredible Hulk fell 60 percent in its second weekend of release, while 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer fell 66 percent. Superhero film are typically front-loaded to begin with, but poor reviews and lackluster word of mouth certainly aren't helping matters for Green Lantern either. Green Lantern has grossed $88.99 million through ten days of release, which is disappointing given its $200 million production budget. The film is currently running 8 percent behind the pace of The Incredible Hulk and 9 percent behind the pace of Rise of the Silver Surfer. With Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon entering the marketplace this week, the competition will only get tougher for Green Lantern.

On the international front, Green Lantern grossed just $7.1 million this weekend, though it's currently playing in just 16 markets. The film's international total stands at $29.4 million, which places its worldwide total at $118.4 million. A number of major international markets won't be playing Green Lantern until late July and August.

Paramount's Super 8 took fourth place with $12.03 million. The well-received science fiction film was down a solid 44 percent from last weekend's performance, which was inflated a bit from the Father's Day holiday. Super 8 has grossed $95.11 million through 17 days of release and will clear the $100 million domestic mark in the coming days. Internationally, Super 8 grossed $10.5 million from 30 foreign markets his weekend. That places the film's international total at $36.0 million and worldwide total at $131.1 million. The film opened with $4.9 million in Japan this weekend.

Fox's Mr. Popper's Penguins rounded out the weekend's top five with $10.15 million. The family comedy starring Jim Carrey fell 45 percent, which was solid when taking into account the new competition from Cars 2. The ten-day total for Mr. Popper's Penguins stands at $39.29 million, which is in line with its modest expectations.

Internationally, Mr. Popper's Penguins grossed just $3.4 million from 13 foreign markets this weekend, though the film is playing largely in smaller markets at this point. The film did open with $1.4 million in Germany this weekend. Mr. Popper's Penguins has grossed $4.6 million internationally so far, placing its worldwide total at $43.9 million.

Tags: Mr. Popper's Penguins, Super 8, Green Lantern, Bad Teacher, Cars 2
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