June 18, 2006

“Cars” holds pole position at box office

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - "Cars," the latest Pixar film,
held off Jack Black's new comedy "Nacho Libre" to retain pole
position at the North American box office, bringing in $31.2
million during its second weekend, according to studio
estimates on Sunday.

"Cars," which features the voices of Owen Wilson and Paul
Newman and tells the tale of a talking hot rod named Lightning
McQueen, is the seventh Disney-Pixar film and its first
collaboration since Walt Disney Co. acquired Pixar in January
for $7.4 billion.

The Friday-to-Sunday gross for "Cars" marked a 50 percent
drop from its opening weekend, which is fairly typical for a
big summer movie.

Trailing "Cars" at the box office was Paramount's "Nacho
Libre" at $27.5 million, and Universal's racing-themed movie
"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," which brought in $24.1

Universal Pictures is a unit of General Electric Co.'s NBC
Universal Inc. Paramount Pictures is a unit of Viacom Inc.