The third installment in Disney/Pixar's franchise is expected to finish the weekend in the high $50-low $60 million range, which means it will take in around the same amount as the original Cars, which made $60.1 million back in 2006. However, Cars 2 made around $66.1 million back in 2011, so the numbers have decreased for this installment.
Despite a lower box office gross, Cars 3 has met with a warmer critical reception than its predecessor. Rotten Tomatoes lists Cars 3 as rated "fresh", with 65% of critics giving it a positive review. Compare that with Cars 2, which is considered "rotten" at 39%. Comic Book Resources praised the film's charming new characters and occasional cheeky humor, but noted that it was "a bit all over the road."
While it's been ousted from the top spot, Wonder Woman is still going strong. The film will dip around 40% and take in around $35.1 million. The movie has already made $221.4 million domestically and is expected to finish the weekend around $270 million. Reaction to Wonder Woman has been immensely positive, and the film is currently "certified fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes at 92%.
In U.S. theaters now, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis.
Parked in theaters now, director Brian Fee's Cars 3 stars Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jenifer Lewis, John Ratzenberger, Lloyd Sherr, Michael Wallis, Paul Dooley, Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lea DeLaria.