Let there be no question about it: the toys are back in town. The return of the "Toy Story" franchise to movie theaters nationwide was greeted with wide open arms from film fans of all ages, resulting in a decisive first place finish for the beloved Pixar property.
"Toy Story 3" finished the weekend with a gold medal worth $109 million, an excellent result and the biggest debut for any Pixar Animation project yet, topping the previous record held by "The Incredibles" with $70.5 million. Although early weekend estimates projected that the "Toy Story" threequel could emerge with the record for best opening weekend ever for an animated film, Woody and Buzz fell just short with the third greatest record, right behind "Shrek the Third" at $121.6 million and "Shrek 2" at $108 million.
While Andy's toys managed an incredibly impressive showing at the box office, the animated family film's rival new release "Jonah Hex" barely showed up to the competition. The DC Comics adaptation landed with a whimper in eighth place with a $5.1 million opening weekend. Despite a significant fan base and the star power of Josh Brolin and Megan Fox, "Jonah Hex" was simply unable to outgun negative reviews and poor word of mouth.
Although "Toy Story 3" was the weekend's big winner, "The Karate Kid" continued to show its staying power with a $29 million finish, with "The A-Team" managing an admirable $13.8 million second weekend. "Get Him to the Greek" rocked out in fourth place with $6.1 million while "Shrek Forever After" rounded out the top five with $5.5 million.
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