‘Cars 2’ takes lead with $66.1M opening weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) - “Cars 2” raced ahead of the pack at the weekend box office with a $66.1 million debut as Disney’s Pixar Animation unit continued its magic touch.

Cameron Diaz’s classroom comedy “Bad Teacher” opened a solid No. 2 with $31.6 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “Cars 2,” Disney, $66,135,507, 4,115 locations, $16,072 average, $66,135,507, one week.

2. “Bad Teacher,” Sony, $31,603,106, 3,049 locations, $10,365 average, $31,603,106, one week.

3. “Green Lantern,” Warner Bros., $18,028,056, 3,816 locations, $4,724 average, $88,989,477, two weeks.

4. “Super 8,” Paramount, $12,028,092, 3,424 locations, $3,513 average, $95,114,324, three weeks.

5. “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” Fox, $10,145,662, 3,342 locations, $3,036 average, $39,293,341, two weeks.

6. “X-Men: First Class,” Fox, $6,680,480, 2,633 locations, $2,537 average, $132,895,408, four weeks.

7. “The Hangover Part II,” Warner Bros., $5,574,179, 2,755 locations, $2,023 average, $243,651,860, five weeks.

8. “Bridesmaids,” Universal, $5,260,290, 2,031 locations, $2,590 average, $146,547,315, seven weeks.

9. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Disney, $4,928,925, 2,244 locations, $2,196 average, $229,287,226, six weeks.

10. “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Paramount, $4,173,144, 2,527 locations, $1,651 average, $153,065,641, five weeks.

11. “Midnight in Paris,” Sony Pictures Classics, $4,171,047, 951 locations, $4,386 average, $28,270,637, six weeks.

12. “The Tree of Life,” Fox Searchlight, $1,328,026, 215 locations, $6,177 average, $5,843,290, five weeks.

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