'Cars 3' speeds past 'Wonder Woman' at box office

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Disney and Pixar's Cars 3 is the big victor at the United States box office this weekend, speeding to US$53.5 million (S$74 million), putting it in first place. It is doing better in the rating department then it predecessor, as "Cars 2" has a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while "Cars 3" now has a 66% rating. Compared to Cars 2, which opened to $66 million, and Cars, which saw $60 million, it's the lowest in the franchise.

"Wonder Woman" was knocked down to second place with $40.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $274. Two other new movies, "47 Meters Down" and "Rough Night", placed fifth and seventh, respectively. 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. The movie once again stars Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, alongside newcomers Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo). That's enough to beat out Wonder Woman, which had been ruling the box office for a few weeks now!

Sadly, more people went to see the low budget thriller "47 Meters Down", starring Mandy Moore and a whole bunch of sharks chasing her. It's the first feature released by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, which acquired movie-distribution company Freestyle Releasing in 2015. It surpassed expectations, earning an estimated $27 million. 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.

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"It is genuinely a amusing movie that was made at the right price, and there is a place for Rough Night as summer counter-programming in the coming weeks", said Sony's distribution chief Adrian Smith.

Tom Cruise's "The Mummy" will follow at the fourth spot for the weekend with an estimated $14 million for a domestic total of $56 million-plus through Sunday.

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