After two wonderful, nuanced, profound films that faced (and largely overcame) some inherent commercial limitations -- Wall-E was dead-serious, half-silent sci-fi with no human heroes; Up was about a geriatric finding a new lease on life -- Pixar's tradition of quality finally reunites with monster box-office potential. Riding high on great reviews and massive franchise popularity, Toy Story 3 delivered Pixar's biggest opening ever by a $40 million margin, and will threaten to top Finding Nemo as the studio's most financially successful film. Having raked in $109 million in its first three days of release, it may also contend with Alice in Wonderland for the title of highest-grossing film of the year. Pixar films generally have very good box-office staying power.

If you're jonesin' for some bad news, allow me to dazzle you with Jonah Hex. The comic book adaptation, penned by Neveldine/Taylor, enjoyed some buzz in geek circles while in development, but almost no one actually liked it, and a marginally larger number of people went to see it. It made a paltry $5 million for Warner Bros. on 2,800 screens.

The weekend's holdover surprise was Prince of Persia, which lost under 20% of last weekend's number, perhaps as a result of Toy Story 3 spillover traffic (though Shrek Forever After took a tumble). It still won't make it to $100 million. Get Him to the Greek is holding up okay, as is Killers, though the latter will have to claw its way to $50 million.

The estimated top 10 after the jump.


1 - Toy Story 3 (Disney) - $109.0 ($27,061) - new - $109.0
2 - The Karate Kid (Sony) - $29.0 ($9,917) - 48% - $106.3
3 - The A-Team (Fox) - $13.8 ($3,887) - 46% - $49.8
4 - Get Him to the Greek (Universal) - $6.1 ($2,360) - 39% - $47.9
5 - Shrek Forever After (Dreamworks Animation) - $5.5 ($1,721) - 65% - $223.0
6 - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Disney) - $5.3 ($2,024) - 19% - $80.5
7 - Killers (Lionsgate) - $5.1 ($1,947) - 36% - $39.4
8 - Jonah Hex (Warner Bros.) - $5.1 ($1,800) - new - $5.1
9 - Iron Man 2 (Paramount) - $2.7 ($1,659) - 41% - $304.8
10 - Marmaduke (Fox) - $2.7 ($1,062) - 56% - $27.9

Next week: Light stuff -- Grown Ups (probably a surefire medium hit; I will never see it) and Knight & Day (a bit of a question mark).