For the first time in months, the weekend box office has pulled ahead of that of 2007. Disney-Pixar's "Wall-E" and Universal's "Wanted" both brought in some serious cash this weekend.
Director Andrew Stanton's "Wall-E" came in first place this weekend with an estimated $62.5 million from just under 4,000 theaters. This makes "Wall-E" the second-best June opening of all time ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is in first place with $94.7 million), the third-highest opening weekend for a Pixar film ("The Incredibles" and "Finding Nemo" both scored just over $70 million), and the highest opening-day gross of a G-rated film with $23.1 million on Friday alone.
In second place, "Wanted" grossed $51.1 million from just over 3,100 theaters, making the action film starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy the best-ever opening for an R-rated film released in June and the sixth best opening for any R-rated film. Universal is of course already preparing for a sequel. In 2005, Jolie's film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" opened with $50.3 million.
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