"Toy Story 3" set to crush Cruise and Sandler movies

Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:18pm EDT
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By Carl DiOrio and Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler will go head-to-head at the weekend box office in North America, but neither will be a match for the animated heroes of reigning champ "Toy Story 3."

Cruise's action comedy "Knight and Day," looking to jump-start the weekend, didn't exactly gun its engines as it opened Wednesday to $3.8 million.

With a Friday-to-Saturday figure on one side or the other of the $20 million mark, "Knight" would end its first five days somewhere in the $20 million-plus range.

The Fox/New Regency project, which reportedly cost $117 million to produce, is seen as something of an important career resuscitator for both Cruise and co-star Cameron Diaz.

Sandler, looking to rebound from last year's underperformer "Funny People," joins forces with Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider in the $70 million Sony comedy "Grown Ups," which should open at No. 2 in the $40 million range.

Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3," in the wake of its phenomenal $110 million opening last weekend, will repeat at No. 1 with a three-day haul between $55 million and $66 million.

Limited openers include National Geographic's release of the Afghanistan-set, Sundance-winning documentary "Restrepo," directed by Tim Hetherington and journalist Sebastian Junger, and Sony Pictures Classics' romantic drama "Wild Grass" from eminent French director Alain Resnais.