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LA Times is reporting that the little Pixar robot with a big heart has won over audiences this weekend, bringing in an estimated $62.5 million in ticket sales. This is the third best opening for a Pixar film, and the largest June premiere for any Disney film.

What’s really remarkable is that Pixar seems unable to make a non-hit movie. This is the ninth consecutive commercial and critical hit for the studio, with its highest opening in 2004 for “The Incredibles” where they brought in $70.5 million. According to a box-office tracker, movies brought in $179.2 million dollars this weekend, which is up 22% from the same time last year.

“The box office is incredibly robust right now,” Dergarabedian said Sunday, noting that sales have surpassed last year’s record levels. “Historically, films do well when times are tough, when going to the movies is an inexpensive way to forget about your troubles. This is a perfect example of that.”

“Wanted” starring Angelina Jolie came in second place at $51.1 million. Kung Fu Panda hung on at 4th place taking in $11.7 million in sales.

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