"Toy Story 3" beats Sandler, Cruise at box office

Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:57pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The cartoon heroes of "Toy Story 3" crushed new releases from Adam Sandler and Tom Cruise to lead the North American box office for a second weekend, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

"Toy Story 3," from Walt Disney Co's Pixar Animation unit, sold about $59 million in tickets across the United States and Canada during the three days beginning on Friday.

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their pals hit $100 million internationally after a $36.1 million weekend in 32 countries representing 35 percent of the foreign market. Mexico has contributed $34 million, Disney said.

The Sandler-led ensemble comedy "Grown Ups" followed with a surprisingly strong $41 million, and Cruise's action comedy "Knight and Day" came in a distant No. 3 with a poor $20.5 million -- though not as bad as some pundits had forecast.

The 10-day haul for "Toy Story 3" rose to $226.6 million, quickly making it the fourth-biggest movie of the year behind "Alice in Wonderland," "Iron Man 2" and "Shrek Forever After," which leads it by just $3 million.

"Grown Ups," a $70 million project from Sony Corp's Columbia Pictures, marks the fourth-best opening of Sandler's consistently strong career.

Sandler and co-stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider -- who play school buddies who reunite for fun times in their middle-aged years -- were ubiquitous on the promotion trail .

"It's the ultimate summer movie," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Columbia.

But critics were less impressed, with the film scoring just a 10 percent favorable rating on the aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.   Continued...

<p>Character Woody poses next to a poster depicting fellow character Buzz Lightyear at the world premiere of Disney Pixar's "Toy Story 3" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>