Proving to be the one summer movie to be watched, "Wall-E" lives up to the industry experts' prediction and does even more than that with its amazing run for the crowned #1 slot at the North American box office. With $63.1 million, the family comedy animation has secured its place at the top of the weekend box office and is well ahead of its competitor "Wanted (2008)", which also has an impressive opening, debuting second on the chart.
Raking in more than $60 million, "Wall-E" has become Pixar's ninth consecutive movie to land No.1 and is the studio's third highest grossing movie after "The Incredibles" with $70.5 million and "Finding Nemo" with $70.2 million. Before the final tally came out, the newest Disney's animation grossed a bit behind "Monsters, Inc." which earned $62.6 million on its opening weekend. Still, it finally secured the third place with the outing of the official revenue count. Additionally, it is Pixar's biggest opening-day movie scoring $23.1 million from its Friday, June 27, screening.
So far, the robot romance flick has become the highest grossing animated movie in 2008 besting over DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" which pulled in $60.2 million on its opening weekend earlier this month. It also inked its name to the box office history by achieving the second best June opening of all time following "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" which garnered $94.7 million on its debut weekend.
Aside from the massive opening of "Wall-E", another movie to be highlighted is Timur Bekmambetov's "Wanted". Opening on the runner-up position, the action movie starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie wowed the box office watchers by bringing in $51 million. The Universal Pictures' film has scored the best June opening ever for an R-rated film as well as the third highest opening for an R-rated action movie behind "The Matrix Reloaded" with $91.7 million and "300" with $70.9 million.
Slipping to the third spot is last week's "Get Smart". The Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway- starrer spy movie earned another $20.2 million to add to the total of $77.5 million. Following in the fourth place is another former No. 1, "Kung Fu Panda", with $11.7 million, while rounding up the top five is "The Incredible Hulk", which experienced a 56.7% drop in sales grossing $9.6 million with the three week screening cume of $115.9 million.