Garfield Gets Cars’ Scraps

There was nothing but leftovers for 20th Century Fox’s Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, which had a tough time competing at the box office over the weekend. The sequel starring a CG version of the famous comic strip cat earned an estimated $7.2 million, finishing at No. 6 behind a mix of buzz-worthy newcomers and scrappy holdovers. Despite losing some horsepower in its second week, Disney/Pixar’s Cars was still tops with families, raking in around $31 million for another first-place finish.

The first Garfield movie did far better when it opened in June of 2004, taking in more than $21 million in the shadow of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The kid pic did most of its business overseas, making around $198 million worldwide before scoring additional scratch on home video. With the sequel off to such a bad start, foreign markets and DVD sales will really have to pick up some slack in order to warrant a third big-screen outing for the lasagna-craving, orange feline and his pal, Odie.

Cars lost nearly half of its audience in its sophomore weekend but crossed well over the $100 million mark and managed to hold off new challengers Nacho Libre from Paramount, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift from Universal and The Lake House from Warner Bros. Though they couldn’t catch up to Pixar’s latest computer-animated spectacle, all three did well with top-four finishes.

Nacho Libre came in at a close second with around $27.5 million, followed by Fast and the Furious with a respectable $24 million. The Lake House, a romantic drama with a supernatural twist, managed an estimated $13.6 million, stealing the female audience from Universal’s The Break Up, which came in at No. 5 with approximately $9.5 million. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Over the Hedge held onto a top-ten spot with around $4 million for the weekend and a 5-week cume of about $138.7.

Cars has another week to pull off the trifecta before Warner Bros. releases the highly anticipated Superman Returns on Wednesday, June 28. The next animated feature on the horizon is Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, which opens in select cities on July 7 before rolling out wider in subsequent weeks. Disney’s eagerly awaited Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest also opens on July 7.