Pixar Animation Studios pulled another rabbit of their box office hats this weekend when Cars 2 opened with a solid $68 million.
The movie fell in line with 2009′s UP which debuted at $68.1 million and 2008′s Wall-E which brought in $63.1 million.
Following in second place was the Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake led film Bad Teacher which took in a respectable $31 million for a movie that no special effects or high budget scenes outside of paying their high profile actors.
Cars 2 beat prerelease surveys which would the movies opening weekend at $55 million, while soft reviews also didn’t offer much hope for the film. Apparently those surveys were flawed and family’s didn’t care what critics had to say.
Exit polls shows that unlike Toy Story 3 which drew in large age groups, Cars 2 was fueled by family’s with children 12-years-old and under.
In other box office news Green Lantern lost 65% of it’s revenue to come in at $18.4 million, bringing the films domestic haul to $89.4 million in just 10 days.