'Wonder Woman' soars past $500 million worldwide with big third weekend

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The third film in the Pixar series features the return of Owen Wilson as plucky race vehicle Lightning McQueen, and proved to be a draw at multiplexes throughout North America by taking in $53.5 million domestically and $21.3 million overseas, for an opening weekend total of $74.8 million, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Two other new movies, "47 Meters Down" and "Rough Night", and placed fifth and seventh, respectively.

The first two films in the "Cars" franchise have reflected the growing clout of markets overseas.

In addition to Cars 3, this weekend brought with it the release of All Eyez on Me. The series pales in comparison to some of Pixar's biggest smashes, including last year's "Finding Dory" which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Overseas, Cars 3 bowed to $21.3 million from its first handful of territories for an early global tally of $74.8 million.

The second official sequel in the "Cars" franchise is racing to a domestic debut in the high $50 million range, with potential to break the $60 million barrier thanks to Sunday's holiday.

The latest "Cars" installment raked in an estimated $53.5 million over the weekend.

Despite having the franchise's lowest debut, Cars 3 dethroned Wonder Woman to claim first place at the North American box office this weekend. Despite losing to "All Eyez on Me" in Thursday night previews, the Owen Wilson, Kerry Washington, and Armie Hammer vehicle is easily expected to win the weekend. Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays the mythologised rapper. The $20 million movie stars Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Zoe Kravitz as a group of friends who gather for a weekend-long bachelorette bash. Entertainment Studios' shark tale "47 Meters Down" finished fifth with an estimated 11.5 million USA dollars in its debut weekend. It's the first major release from Entertainment Studios, which acquired the project from its original distributor, Dimension Films. The film generated an estimated $11.5 million, well above the predicted $6 million to $9 million, according to Box Office Analyst.

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