`Toy Story 3' Tops U.S., Canada Box Office for Second Weekend

“Toy Story 3” was the top film in the U.S. and Canada for the second straight weekend, bringing in $59.3 million in ticket sales for Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar Studio, while the Tom Cruise action-comedy “Knight and Day” debuted in a disappointing third place, an analyst said.

“Grown Ups” opened in second place with $40.5 million for Sony Corp., Hollywood.com Box-Office said in an e-mailed statement.

“Toy Story 3” has pulled in $226.9 million since its June 18 release, Hollywood.com said. The 3-D sequel brings back the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear and introduces several new toys, including a villainous bear that smells of strawberries, voiced by Ned Beatty. Sales have benefited from the higher prices cinemas charge for 3-D movies, which are on average about $3 more per ticket.

“For a Pixar film, that’s the most money ever made in a second weekend,” said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst with Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations. “Despite a drop, it’s still a remarkable run in 10 days.’

In “Grown Ups,” Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade play a group of childhood friends, once teammates on a championship basketball team, who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“Knight and Day,” which opened with $20.1 million for News Corp.’s Fox film studio, stars Cruise and Cameron Diaz as a fugitive couple racing across the globe.


“That’s a big disappointment, especially for what was supposed to be a reboot of Tom Cruise’s career,” Bock said. “For Fox to release this just 10 days after the A-Team is ridiculous. It’s another action-comedy.”

“The Karate Kid,” a remake of the 1984 film, fell to fourth place from second with $15.5 million for Sony. The film, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, has collected $135.8 million in three weeks of release.

“The A-Team” dropped to fifth place from third with $6.2 million for Fox. Liam Neeson stars as Hannibal Smith and mixed- martial arts athlete Quinton “Rampage” Jackson plays B.A. Baracus in an update of the 1980s television series.

Ahead of next weekend’s U.S. Independence Day holiday, Summit Entertainment LLC will open “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on June 30. “The Last Airbender,” a fantasy directed by M. Night Shyamalan, debuts July 1 for Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures.

Weekend sales for the top 12 films fell to $157 million from $192.8 million a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to- date receipts total $5.22 billion, up 2.1 percent from $5.11 billion. Attendance has fallen 4.2 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for June 25-27.

                       Rev.            Avg./   Pct.   Total
Movie                 (mln)  Theaters  Theater Chg.   (mln)  Wks
1 TOY STORY 3         59.3    4,028   14,731    -46    226.9   2
2 GROWN UPS           40.5    3,534   11,462     --     40.5   1
3 KNIGHT & DAY        20.1    3,098    6,501     --     27.4   1
4 THE KARATE KID      15.5    3,740    4,157    -48    135.8   3
5 THE A-TEAM           6.2    3,242    1,914    -57     63.0   3
6 GET HIM TO THE GREEK 3.1    2,189    1,435    -49     54.6   4
7 SHREK FOREVER AFTER  3.1    2,340    1,325    -45    229.5   6
8 PRINCE OF PERSIAS    2.8    1,851    1,537    -49     86.2   5
9 KILLERS              1.9    2,271      854    -62     43.9   4
10 JONAH HEX           1.6    2,825      576    -70      9.2   2
11 IRON MAN 2          1.4    1,169    1,229    -50    306.9   8
12 SEX AND THE CITY 2  1.2      901    1,353    -49     93.1   5

Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
    $157.0        $192.8      -18.6

Year-to-date Revenue

     2010          2009
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
    $5,219        $5,111        2.1

Year-to-date Attendance:     -4.2%

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Sherman in New York at asherman6@bloomberg.net.

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