Disney/Pixar’s sequel Cars 3 opened atop the U.S. box office on Friday, with the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me following in second place. The opening day turnout for director Benny Boon’s film about the iconic rapper was stronger than most box office analysts were predicting ahead of time, but not altogether unexpected. All Eyez on Me hit theaters on what would have been the late Shakur’s 46th birthday and is the first big screen biopic to fully dramatize his whole life (after years of Tupac, as a supporting character, appearing in musician biographical dramas such as Notorious and Straight Outta Compton), so the movie was an event in those respects.
Wonder Woman, after two weeks atop the domestic box office, dropped to third place yesterday behind Cars 3 and All Eyez on Me. However, as the Shakur biopic is expected to be somewhat front-loaded, it is currently being predicted that Patty Jenkins’ DC Extended Universe film will end up securing the second place spot for the weekend as a whole. Meanwhile, this week’s fellow new wide releases – see the horror/thriller 47 Meters Down and dark comedy Rough Night – opened in the fifth and sixth spots on Friday, with the Tom Cruise-headlined The Mummy claiming the number four spot for the day.
According to estimates provided by Deadline, Cars 3 opened to $19.1 million at the domestic box office on Friday, followed by All Eyez on Me with $13 million. Although the third Cars movie doesn’t appear to be appealing to those filmgoers who weren’t also fans of the previous two installments in the series, it has earned an A CinemaScore from audiences and a critical reception more on the level with the first Cars (as opposed to its not-so-critically-beloved sequel, Cars 2). By comparison, All Eyez on Me currently has a 24% Rotten rating and 4.3/10 average score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with most reviews agreeing that the film is a well-acted, yet painfully by-the-numbers biopic riddled with inaccuracies.
47 Meters Down and Rough Night weren’t exactly critical darlings either, with middling Rotten Tomatoes scores (55% and 52%, respectively) and underwhelming C and C+ CinemaScores, in turn. Both films are expected to hold onto the fifth and sixth place spots for the weekend though, following their respective Friday takes of $4.2 and $3.4 million at the domestic box office. Thanks to its better word of mouth, Wonder Woman is expected to finish out the same frame with $37.5 million and land in second place overall, ahead of both All Eyez on Me and The Mummy (which are predicted to gross $33.5 million and $13.2 million over the weekend, respectively) and behind Cars 3‘s estimated $51.5 million total take – a number on the level with estimates for Cars 3 heading into the frame.
The remainder of the top ten at the Friday box office was composed of leftovers from weeks past, including the latest Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean installments, as well as the animated children’s book adaptation Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Fellow new release The Book of Henry opened outside the top ten, but that was to be expected – between the film only playing in 579 theaters and earning generally terrible word of mouth from critics. Most of the online discussion around Book of Henry instead seems to be focused on director Colin Trevorrow’s involvement with Star Wars: Episode IX now, rather than the film itself.