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"Toy Story 3" Takes $110.3M in Debut Weekend; News Article Roundup

In its debut weekend, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 took in $110.3 million to win the box office race well ahead of the #2 contender (Sony’s remake of The Karate Kid, which took $29.9 million). The ticket sales are also sizeably above Pixar’s previous best-launch (The Incredibles, which took in $70.5 million in its opening weekend), making it the second-largest for an animated feature (behind Shrek the Third‘s $121.6 million in 2007) and the largest grossing weekend for a June release (beating out last year’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).

Elsewhere on the web, director Lee Unkrich discussses “the Pixar way” of making movies and the pressures of making a third Toy Story movie with the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, stating that, “Every director of a new Pixar film has the pressure of not making a dud, which I had…but on top of that I had the pressure of making a new ‘Toy Story’ movie, so it was kind of a crushing pressure at the beginning.”

Also, Entertainment Weekly‘s PopWatch weblog notes a screening of Toy Story 3 dominated by adults without children, and suggests that “we’ve finally reached the point where adult moviegoers appreciate animated features…just as much as their live-action counterparts.”

Finally, the Sunday Herald covers Toy Story 3′s premiere in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (which also hosted the UK premieres of Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Up), taking note of the Scotland connection for the upcoming Pixar movie Brave (originally titled The Bear and the Bow) and adding comments by Toy Story 3 supervising animator Mike Venturini on Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (“As with a lot of European animation, there is a different type of observation being done. It is a lot more character driven and more work on a character’s intricacies. It’s refreshing to us.”).

(UPDATED 18:57 EDT with final box office numbers)

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