Toy Story 3 Tops Weekend Box Office

Eleven years did not prove too long for fans of talking toys Woody the cowboy and spaceman Buzz Lightyear, as “Toy Story 3” zoomed to the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $109 million in gross.

The third installment of the animated film franchise from Pixar Animation opened with $41 million on Friday to set up the record-breaking first weekend for a movie made by the Disney unit, which released “Toy Story 2” in 1999. Pixar’s previous best opening weekend was set by “The Incredibles” in 2004 with $70.5 million.

“Toy Story’s” performance also maintained Pixar’s perfect record of having all its films top the box office. It is the third animated film in history to take at least $100 million is its opening weekend. “Shrek the Third” and “Shrek 2” are the other members of the exclusive club after opening with $121.6 million and $108 million, respectively.

The other movie to open in wide release, “Jonah Hex,” is headed in the opposite direction after opening with a dismal $5.1 million. “Jonah Hex” is a film adaptation of the DC comic book and stars Josh Brolin in the title role with Megan Fox as his gun-slinging love interest.

Last week’s no.1, “The Karate Kid,” dropped to second place with $29 million in its second weekend. “Karate Kid” has now a ten-day total of more than $106 million.