Both new movies in wide release debuted strong at the box office, a sign that the box office numbers aren't slowing this summer, despite our nation's economic crunch.
To no one's surprise, Pixar's latest, WALL-E debuted at No. 1 (don't Pixar's movies always? I can't find one that hasn't), taking in $62.5 million, which ties it with Monsters, Inc. for the third-highest Pixar opening weekend, after The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.
Not too far behind was Wanted, which had a weekend box office take of $51.1 million. The top two films combined for more than $100 million, one of the highest weekends of the summer. Both movies easily beat last weekend's No. 1 movie Get Smart, which was third with $20 million. Both WALL-E and Wanted, in fact, easily beat Get Smart's opening weekend take of $39.2 million.
Other box office tidbits of the week: The Love Guru didn't fall far enough on the radar, as it took in another $5.4 million, good enough for sixth place. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is so close to $300 million it can probably taste it. Another $5 million, good enough for No. 7 at the box office, this week put it at $299.9 million in its seventh week. Iron Man finally fell out of the top 10 in its 10th week, coming in at No. 11 with $2.3 million.
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