Friday, September 2, 2011

Cars 2 returning to 1,800 theatres this weekend

Cars 2 will play at over 2,000 theatres across North America this Labor Day weekend, up from 233 last week. (The film opened on June 24 at 4,115 locations.)

This extended push, near the end of its theatrical run, will no doubt have a positive impact on the movie's lifetime box office earnings.

So far, Cars 2 has brought in $187.3 million dollars domestically and $334.6 million overseas, to a total of $521,960,986 worldwide.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

32 comments:

LimeiBook86 said...

Has this happened with any other Pixar film? I don't remember any returning to the theater. Although I usually see them when they first come out, so I wouldn't be aware of them 2 months later. Still it's interesting...

Mark said...

Not that any studio wouldn't be happy with these numbers, but Cars 2 had a weak showing by Pixar standards. Its US Gross is Pixar's second worst, after Bug's Life, and therefore the worst when factoring in ticket prices. It's also the only Pixar movie whose US Gross was less than its production budget.

Sadly, I'm part of the problem. This was the first Pixar movie I didn't see in the theater. Cars is my least favorite Pixar production, and with two small children at home (too young to go with me) my wife and I only get to see a handful of movies a year. It didn't seem worth it to me.

I really want to see Pixar developing new, original stories versus cranking out sequels. Brave looks amazing.

LimeiBook86 said...

I didn't realize it's US gross, that is interesting. But I'm sure they'll make that up easily with all the Cars 2 related merchandise they sell. Brave does look amazing, I can't wait! :)

Asdff said...

You're not part of the problem Mark, you're part of the solution. Cars and Cars 2 are not good movies.

Anonymous said...

What an awful move. Disney should have released Winnie The Pooh back into theaters to help support Hand Drawn Animation over this piece of trash, but Disney doesn't care

Darrell said...

Agreed on the sequel front, although there's nothing I'd see more enthusiastically than The Incredibles 2.

Anonymous said...

no thanks. as much as i love pixar, this movie was a huge dissapointment. and i LIKED Cars 1. this movie, cars 2, is hard enough to watch it halfway through. i cant imagine seeing it twice.

Anonymous said...

Almost all of those are probably budget theaters. This happens to a lot of movies this late in release. Nothing too special.

Anonymous said...

I hope this doesn't make me sound like a complete and utter troll, further emphasized by the fact that I'm posting this comment as an anonymous user. But the fact is, this movie is bad, and I really hope that people don't see it. I am quite thankful that this movie has done poorly in the box office. (by Pixar standards, of course) It, I hope, has sent the message to Pixar that fans expect more from them. Slapping the Pixar brand name on a pile of crap doesn't stop something from being crap.

Anonymous said...

only 187 million in the US? dats it? lol wow

Anonymous said...

Ugh! A weekend showing won't make this lame movie a hit.

Anonymous said...

Who cares?

JAY Hosh said...

Speak for yourself Asdff, a lot of people including me like Cars 1 and 2.

Angry Bird said...

If Pixar had put any of their other movies in theaters this weekend, I'd go out and watch it. "The Incredibles", "Wall-E", and "Toy Story 3" would all be great to see in the theater again.

Alberto said...

Well, I actually dragged myself to the cinema last week to see it. I like the original movie, but have really disliked of all the Cars shorts that I've seen, including Mater and the Ghostlight. I was expecting to hate Cars 2 but decided to give it the benefit of doubt, and to my surprise I really quite liked it. I found it fun and enjoyable and unpretentious, and there's nothing wrong with that. What I was actually quite disappointed with was the Toy Story short at the beginning, which was dull.
The only thing that bugged me was the level of violence in it. I kept thinking that if those were people instead of cars, the movie would be R-rated

Anonymous said...

Hate to say this, but can you think of a better way to waste 1800 perfectly good movie screens?

Kyle said...

LimeiBook86, I'm pretty sure this same thing was done for Toy Story 3.

Darrell said...

Cars 2 was plenty enjoyable, even if flawed. So who are these "Pixar fans" saying that it sucks?

And the first was one of Pixar's best to date.

Mike, what are your thoughts on this relentless criticism? It seems like people hate this movie more than Transformers 2 or even 3 (which was also great).

Alexandro Fantino said...

Will you stop it, JAY Hosh? There's more people out there who think Cars 2 was a disappointment (relative to other Pixar releases) than people like you who don't, so YOU speak for yourself.
And Asdff, your comment seemed clever to me. 'Part of the solution'... That's what we are.

salvatorevg28 said...

To all those who wait BRAVE, look at This!!!!!!!!!!!!1...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky52jv5b-mY

JAY Hosh said...

This movie seems to be no different from any other low rated movies,some people hate it and some love it, except for one little difference. People don't get so uptight about how mediocre those films are because their not from Pixar, maybe if some of us set aside the fact that it was from Pixar then some might realize it wasn't that bad of a bad movie.

Anonymous said...

Darrel,

That is totally un-realistic. I may be a Pixar fan, but that doesn't mean I have to love everything that comes out of the studio, the same applies to everywhere else.

JAY Hosh said...

@Alexandro
I don't want to be rude but do you REALLY know how many people like and dislike this movie? Maybe a majority of people on this site but I'm not sure about everyone. And I'm not saying that Asdff is wrong, I'm just saying that some people do like this film. I appreciate his opinion 100 percent, I know I don't like a lot of movies that other people enjoy a lot. And I too think that Cars 2 has a lot of flaws, and I mean A LOT. Its either you like it or you don't, and I guess I'm one of those messed up kids that does like it. I'm not disagreeing with you, I just have a different opinion.

Anonymous said...

Weekend result: $1.1M, 2000+ theatres, average of $540/theatre. Just let the numbers speak.

Slinky Dog said...

I agree with Anonymous #1 - Disney should give a little boost to Winnie the Pooh it got shafted by a terrible release schedule (I have done my part, though, by having seen it five times :) ). Pooh was awesome. It's become my favorite movie in the Disney Animated Canon.

Anonymous said...

Cars 2 is an amazing movie in my opinion. I had been waiting to see this movie for months, and I was not dissapointed. I know everyone has their own opinion but I believe this was one of Pixar's best movies. I LOVED Cars, and this is an amazing, wonderfully executed sequel. Thank you Pixar! Keep the sequels coming :)

Darrell said...

Anonymous #9, I think you misunderstood me. I agree that just because I'm a Pixar fan doesn't mean we have to *like* everything that the studio puts out. But saying that Cars 2 sucks--and not saying that it's just okay, or flawed but enjoyable--is going too darn far.

Anonymous said...

i do not mind the cars movies but i think if pixar made more of an effort to make it emotional like other films people would want to see it. it would also be good if they did not add lots of characters that do not speak because when i saw them i thought they were part of it and they were only in like 1 shot.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that last comment isn't made by a Disney executive at all.

The film itself is technically a failure compared to the others, but with oversea grosses, eventual home video grosses, and all the merchandising, it's a success.

So, it's sadly probably not a failure in their eyes as much as we want it to be. I enjoyed Cars 2, and didn't pay to see it, but it wasn't needed, and I never wanted it, and still wish it didn't existed. Now let us all pray we never see Cars 3 or Toy Story 4.

Musical Lynn said...

uuuhhh at normal theaters or at starplex theaters?

Anonymous said...

Darrel,

I'm glad you liked the movie... but I really did NOT like this, despite LOVING the first film! The problem with Cars 2, is that it just didn't feel like Cars at all - it was basically just Mater's Tall Tales: The Movie. It's more like something you'd see direct to video. And whose bright idea was it to make Mater the main character? In the first movie, Mater was a simple, country guy, ignorant to the world outside Radiator Springs; not the bumbling idiot he was in the Cars 2. The whole film didn't stay true to the first film at all, and completely switched genres. Yes, you can argue that the Toy Story films technically changed genres in all three films, but at least theToy Story dynamics stayed true to each other in the sequels, and felt like a complete continuous story. How does a fast paced spy thriller with tons of explosions, guns, death and torture have anything to do with the message of the first film to "slow down and enjoy life. " And btw, how the heck did this get a G rating?!? The film is completely missing the tender sweetness of the first movie, and it passed by all the Radiator Springs gang as if we don't care about them -- wasn't that the lesson the McQueen learned in the first film? The second film completely disregards the friendships, which offended me as a Cars fan. To me, it was painful to watch.

Anonymous said...

I can't listen to all of these comments about how "bad" it was. Pixar's target audience was the younger age or people that like action films. Yes, it had some small, very minor flaws, And yes it is different from the first movie but they are simply trying to please everyone! Now yes I did wish that Mcqueen was more of a main character than Mater, but it worked. They made it work. In my eyes this was not in any way a failure. This movie had me on my toes the whole time and had unexpected things happening! I love that! The first movie was very different but in a wonderful way. Diversity is the beauty of the studio. That is why I want to work there someday. I want to be part of this history. All in all if you have a different opinion about this movie, that's fine, that's you're opinion, but please don't ruin the magic for others. Don't point out flaws that they haven't seen, it ruins the movie for them. Thank you Pixar and the Pixar blog, I hope I haven't offended anyone.