The animated threequel, Cars 3, drove away from the pack and finished first at the box office on its debut weekend, earning an estimated $54-million.
That's on the lower end of performance for a Pixar film, beating after inflation adjustments only The Good Dinosaur. Compared to Cars 2, which opened to $66 million, and Cars, which saw $60 million, it's the lowest in the franchise. Pixar spent around $200 million on "Cars 2", not including marketing, according to Box Office Mojo.
The commercial and critical hit, boosted by word of mouth, scored $40.775 million at the domestic box office on its third weekend of release, a tiny 30 percent drop from the previous weekend.
The new Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, came in third place with $27.1 million. "Rough Night", $8.1 million 8.
The third instalment in Pixar's Cars franchise featuring Lightning McQueen and his longtime friends fighting off a challenge from a new generation of racers is voiced by stars including Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer.
The movie is the directorial venture of Brian Fee, who worked as a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2, as well as Ratatouille and Wall-E.
Films like Cars 3 (released on 16 June) along with Despicable Me 3 competed with the already-running Wonder Woman, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
The movie is on pace to makee a profit on its reported $175 million dollar budget, despite have a worse opening weekend then its predecessors. Only one in four critics had praise for the movie, in which Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays rapper Shakur.
The shark-infested thriller 47 Meters Down debuted to $11.5 million which was just a shade above the studio's $10 million expectations. Lucia Aniello directed the film.