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Weekend Box Office: Toy Story 3 Opens to $41 Million, Jonah Hex Flops

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2010 at 8:40AM

The early weekend box office reports are showing a record-breaking $41 million Friday opening for Toy Story 3, which is on track to gross $115-120 million for the weekend, and eventually seize the summer box-office crown. (Mubi posts a review round-up of weekend openers.)
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The early weekend box office reports are showing a record-breaking $41 million Friday opening for Toy Story 3, which is on track to gross $115-120 million for the weekend, and eventually seize the summer box-office crown. (Mubi posts a review round-up of weekend openers.)

Earning 99% reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Toy Story 3 landed a pan from cranky attention-grabber Armond White, who tends to zig when everyone else zags. White adds insult to injury by comparing the movie unfavorably to the widely excoriated comics western Jonah Hex, which bombed with a $1.9 million opening day. @giteshpandya predicts a "dismal" weekend of just $5 to 6 million. Ouch.

On the indie side, Cyrus (which premiered at the LAFF Friday night) is a hit with a $52,211 opening Friday from just four theaters in LA and NY, and could earn a $40,000 weekend per screen average. Check back for our detailed box office report Sunday.

Check out this charming featurette of Toy Story 3 voice stars Hanks, Allen, Cusack and Beatty, as well as this post on the sound design of the film.

This article is related to: Box Office, Franchises, Headliners, Studios, Summer Movies, Summer, Toy Story, Fox Searchlight


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.