'TOY STORY 3' repeats as the weekend's box office champ [UPDATED]
UPDATE: The CGI toys who watch their boy owner grow up beat the grownups who act like boys this weekend at the domestic box office.
"Toy Story 3" grossed $59-million to stay No.-1, one week after it debuted with a $110-million opening -- a record for a Pixar film. The first 3D film in the Toy Story franchise beat "Grown Ups" (starring a veritable frathouse of "SNL" vets), which had a strong $41-million debut, according to studio estimates, and the Tom Cruise film "Knight and Day" ($20.5-million).
"Toy Story 3" has now grossed $226.6-million domestically, making it the year's fourth biggest film already -- behind "Alice in Wonderland," "Iron Man 2" and "Shrek Forever After." Those first three films, it's worth noting, received especially prominent sessions and footage at last summer's San Diego Comic-Con.
"TOY STORY 3" continues to have legs beyond the early Buzz.
The first 3-D film in the beloved franchise grossed $18-million domestically at Friday's box office, proving some staying power after debuting with a $110-million weekend.
"Grown Ups" -- featuring such ex-"SNL"-ers Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Maya Rudolph -- was second Friday at $14-million.
AND SPEAKING OF PIXAR: Given "Toy Story 3's" superior box office, it's safe to say more people are seeing "Day & Night" (the Pixar short running with "TS3") than are seeing "Knight and Day" (the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz film that grossed about $6-million Friday).
Some viewers have wondered about what little verbiage there is in "Day & Night." Now, director Teddy Newton explains the quote and its roots -- from Wayne Dyer to Einstein.
| June 27, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories: The Animation, The Holly Word | Tags: Disney Pixar, Michael Arndt, Night & Day, Toy Story 3
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