Walt Disney Co.’s “Cars 2” had estimated sales of $25.7 million yesterday for the sequel to the 2006 animated film about talking vehicles, Hollywood.com said in an e-mail.
The Pixar film, which appeared in 4,115 theaters, is expected to post sales of $59 million for the weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Hollywood.com Box-Office President Paul Dergarabedian said sales may exceed expectations with a weekend total between $65 million and $70 million.
Directed by John Lasseter, the movie has stock car Lightning McQueen, voiced by actor Owen Wilson, vying for world racing supremacy against Formula One champ Francesco Bernoulli, as they race in Japan, Italy, France and England. Actor John Turturro is the voice for Bernoulli.
The previous “Cars” movie had $60.1 million in sales its opening weekend in June 2006 on the way to a domestic gross of $244.1 million and $461.9 million worldwide, according to Hollywood.com.
That film trailed recent efforts by Pixar, including $1.06 billion in sales generated by last year’s “Toy Story 3,” $731.3 million in worldwide receipts from 2009’s “Up,” and “Wall-E” in 2008 with $532.7 million.
Disney’s most recent No. 1 debut was with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel in late May, according to Hollywood.com.