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After posting a strong start on Friday, Cars 2 went on to finish the weekend with an estimated $68 million from its 4,115 locations. That was more than double what its closest competitor, Bad Teacher, took in; but not quite enough to get the sequel higher than fifth place on the list of All-Time Pixar Studio champions. Title Weekend Total 1 Cars 2 $68,000,000 $68 2 Bad Teacher $31,000,000 $31 3 Green Lantern $18,350,000 $89.3 4 Super 8 $12,100,000 $95.1 5 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $10,300,000 $39.4 6 X-Men: First Class $6,600,000 $132.8 7 The Hangover Part II $5,865,000 $232.9 8 Bridesmaids $5,372,000 $146.6 9 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $4,700,000 $229 10 Midnight in Paris $4,480,000 $28.5 Despite comically low early expectations for Cars 2 ($40-$50 million), Disney/Pixar Studios’ first non-Toy related sequel easily charged off with a first day total that eclipsed all of the previous Pixar titles apart from Toy Story 3. All it had to do was follow the traditional kiddie-film formula with a bump in attendance on Saturday and Cars 2 should have been able to accelerate to over $70 million for the weekend – right where past Pixar leaders like Finding Nemo and The Incredibles crossed their own three-day finish lines. Instead, Mater and McQueen lost some speed on Day Two (down 9.3%) and ended up in the middle of the Pixar pack, ahead of Wall-E and Cars but behind Up. Naturally, all of the studio’s titles trail last year’s Toy Story 3, which also fell off by almost 10% on its second day; but with a final count of $110.3 million, no one much noticed the decline. Pixar had two other noticeable declines to deal with in Cars 2: one which surely impacted the film’s first weekend estimate and ...
One of my favorite composers is Michael Giacchino. That's because in the last decade, Giacchino has written some amazing scores including The Incredibles, Speed Racer, Ratatouille, Up, Star Trek (2009), Super 8, Lost, Alias, Fringe, and so many more. With Giacchino writing the score for Cars 2, the other day I got to talk to him about his latest soundtrack. Of course we also talked about other subjects including what the last few years have been like, his writing process, collaborating with directors, the challenge of scoring Star Trek, if he's coming back for the sequel, working with the Wachowskis on Speed Racer, if he's started work on Mission Impossible 4, and I also asked what do we have to do to get Brad Bird to make a sequel to The Incredibles. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview. As usual, I'm offering two ways to get the interview: you can either click here to listen to the audio, or the full transcript is below. Cars 2 gets released this weekend. Collider: How have the last few years changed your life? If you look at your IMDb profile you see how you got started in video games as you broke into the industry and now you are one of the busiest composers working in Hollywood. Can you talk about this dramatic change in your career? Michael Giacchino: There is a point where you are sitting there going, “God, what I would really like more than anything else is to ...
Continuing our coverage from our visit to Pixar in anticipation of the release of Cars 2, we have our exclusive interview with Michael Giacchino. One of the most in-demand composers at the moment (and rightly so), Giacchino has been a bit of a mainstay at Pixar having scored The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and most recently Up, for which he won the Academy Award. His versatile work is undeniably brilliant, from the sweeping tones of Lost to the bombastic panache of Star Trek. In our interview, Giacchino talked about his approach to the score for Cars 2, what influences he used in creating the music, what the process of a composer at Pixar is like, and also gave an update on his scores for some highly anticipated upcoming films (Super 8, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and John Carter of Mars). Hit the jump to check it out. In case you missed it, last week we posted our interview with Cars 2 producer Denise Ream which you can check out here. Each Sunday leading up to the release of Cars 2 on June 24th, we will be posting a new interview from our coverage at Pixar. So be sure to check back here every week. In case you don’t get the chance to read the full interview, here are a few highlights: His inspiration for Cars 2 was British Surf music. He thought it would be a perfect fit for the spy theme of the film. As a composer, Pixar brings him in on the film ...