Continuing Pixar's unmatched winning streak, Up was the No. 1 movie at the box office over the weekend in the United States and Canada, earning $68.2 million (estimated, final figures out tomorrow) and comfortably beating WALL-E's $63.1 million opening weekend.
This impressive debut for Up gives it the No. 3 spot for best opening weekend for a Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures animated feature release, bumping love-struck robot WALL-E into fourth place. At 68.2 million dollars, Up is only slightly behind sensational first and second place holders The Incredibles ($70.4) and Finding Nemo ($70.2).
To put things into further perspective, Up's success surpasses that of DreamWorks Animation SKG's recent digital 3-D feature Monsters vs. Aliens by a considerable degree. Despite being the subject of an aggressive marketing and merchandising campaign, that film made only $59.3 million in its opening weekend. DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda brought in similar figures last June 6-8, making $60.2 million.
Expect Up to stay at No. 1 for the next few weekends as positive word-of-mouth about the film makes the rounds.
(Sources: Associated Press; Box Office Mojo: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens)
Update: The final numbers are in. Up officially grossed $68,108,790 or $68.1 million, according to the Associated Press.
(Updated June 1)