Friday Box Office: $41M in Real Money for ‘Toy Story 3’

On pace to exceed $120M this weekend, 3D film will be Pixar’s biggest opener ever

Last Updated: June 20, 2010 @ 9:48 AM

After a painfully slow May, the domestic box office is now officially hot, with a family film enjoying a huge opening for the second straight weekend.

This one was sort of expected.

Bouyed by stellar reviews and primo 3D ticket up charges, Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" grossed $41 million in the U.S. and Canada Friday, according to studio estimates, putting it on pace for a three-day weekend gross of about $120 million.

That would better the openings of both "Finding Nemo" ($70.2 million) and "The Incredibles" ($70.4 million), making the third "Toy Story" far and away the biggest Pixar premiere yet.

"Toy Story 3" opened in 2,463 3D locations, 180 of which were IMAX.

The big start comes one week after Sony's remake of "The Karate Kid" outpaced pre-release tracking by about $20 million.

The PG-rated "Kid" declined 52 percent Friday to $8.9 million, finishing in second place. It's on pace to pass the $100 mark by the end of the weekend.

The weekend's other wide opening, the poorly received DC Comics adaptation "Jonah Hex," is going even worse for backers Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures than they had anticipated, grossing just $2 million Friday. Produced for $47 million, "Hex" probably won't end up hitting even its meager projection of around $10 million.

Here's how the top 10 at the domestic box office shaped up Friday:

“Toy Story 3” ($41.0m)
“The Karate Kid” ($8.9.0m)
“The A-Team” ($4.2m)
“Get Him to the Greek” ($2.0m)
“Jonah Hex” ($2.0m)
“Killers” ($1.7m)
“Shrek” ($1.6m)
“Prince of Persia” ($1.5m)
“Sex and the City 2” ($900k)
“Iron Man 2” ($700k)