‘Cars 2’ roars to Number One despite less than glowing reviews

'Bad Teacher' scores a healthy opening too

Disney Pixar‘s Cars 2 has entered the US box office at Number One.

The sequel to the 2006 original has racked up takings of $68m (£42.6m), up by $7m (£4.3m) on the first film, but down on industry expectations.

The film has also received some of Pixar‘s worst ever reviews, with critics saying, “[their] mythical run of great films is over” and that the studio has “finally come out with an out-and-out stinker”.

While the ticket sales look poor in terms of other Pixar features, Toy Story 3 grossed almost double the take of Cars 2 in its opening weekend, merchandising for the original Cars movie bought in over $10billion alone (£6.2b).

All of Pixar‘s 12 films have opened at Number One.

Elsewhere in the charts the Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher grossed over $31m (£19.4m), a highly respectable figure for a comedy with an estimated budget of $19m (£12.1m).

The Green Lantern, the superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds, dropped to third with a disappointing second week total of $18.5m (£11.5m). Despite the relatively poor box office showing and almost unanimous slating from critics, Warner Bros say a sequel is still more than a possibility.

Next week, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon will be hoping to set records at the US box office, and worldwide, when it’s released on Wednesday (June 29).

For more box office figures, visit Box Office Mojo.