There was no doubt that Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3 was going to open atop the weekend box office, but few predicted it would exceed all expectations the way that it did with a $109 million domestic gross.
The film also earned $44 million overseas, making for an impressive $153 million worldwide debut.
The domestic take was nearly double the opening weekend haul for Toy Story 2, which opened to $57 million in 1999. It also handily beat The Incredibles‘ $70 million opening gross from 2004, which had been the studio’s best opening weekend to date.
About 60 percent of Toy Story 3‘s gross came from stereoscopic 3D showings, which also carry slightly higher ticket prices. The movie also grossed a record $8.4 million on IMAX screens.
The news was not so good for Jonah Hex, the Western-horror hybrid movie based on the DC Comics series. The movie, which stars Josh Brolin and Megan Fox, performed well below expectations with a $5.1 million opening weekend and eighth place.
That puts it in the same flop territory as other recent comic book duds such as The Spirit, which opened to $6 million on Christmas Day 2008; and Whiteout, which took in less than $5 million in September. Neither film topped $20 million at the box office.
Holdover The Karate Kid hung on to second place with $29 million, followed by The A-Team with $14 million and Get Him to the Greek with $6 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After earned $5.5 million, good enough for fifth place and a $222 million domestic total.
Also still in release: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, with a $5.2 million weekend and $80 million domestic total; Iron Man 2, with $2.68 million for the weekend and $304 million domestic total; Marmaduke, with a $2.65 million weekend and $27 million total; How to Train Your Dragon, with $167,000 for the weekend and $214 million domestic take; and The Secret of Kells, with $8,800 for the weekend and $621,300 domestic total.