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||Posted: June 23, 2011, 9:30 am
Some early reviews are posted here and there. If they compile others' reviews the compiling is still going on at this early date before the movie opens, and will become more clear over the weekend when more reviews get posted at various places. Be patient with this process, and simply just keep checking.
Metacritic, 63 out of 100, reviews they have so far range from 90 from Variety to 25 at Slant Magazine.
Rotten Tomatoes, now 43% Rotten with 37 reviews posted, among Top Critics the score is now 55% Rotten, and 89% of the Rt.com community say they want to see the movie, and that is a positive + score.
Plugged In Online, a media review service of Dr. Charles Dobson's Focus on the Family, nothing posted yet but it will e once "Cars 2" opens, just keep checking this link. This is for parents wanting moral guidance in advance of taking their children to movie theaters or buying DVDs.
Kids In Mind assesses scores for sex/nudity, violence/gore, profanity, and instances of substance abuse, discussion topics between parents and children and the message a film conveys, and lets parents make up their own minds if a movie is appropriate for children or not. No posting about "Cars 2" yet, but just keep checking this page this weekend for it:
US Conference of Catholic Bishops: Apparently the American Catholic Bishops no longer are operating their Office for Film and Broadcasting at which they'd issue movie reviews and parental guidance advisories. Instead they refer those interested to Catholic News Service. At this link nothing is posted yet about "Cars 2", but just keep checking this weekend or after.
At Catholic News SErvice they use the same criteria the US Conference of Catholic Bishops did, as follows:
• A-I — general patronage
• A-II — adults and adolescents
• A-III — adults
• A-IV — adults, with reservations (this indicates films that, while not morally offensive in themselves, are not for casual viewing because they require some analysis and explanation in order to avoid false impressions and interpretations)
• L — limited adult audiences, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling (replaced A-IV classification Nov. 1, 2003)
• O — morally offensive
Motion Picture Association of America ratings:
• G — general audiences, all ages admitted
• PG — parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children
• PG-13 — parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
• R — restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
• NC-17 — no one 17 and under admitted (age limit may vary in certain areas)
At Box Office Mojo.com no reviews are posted yet, but check back. In the meantime this is "Cars 2" webpage there to keep track of box office results:
It's only opening at 3,900 US theaters, kind of a relatively lesser number. It could be all theaters are full with current releases, as for 3-D and 3-D IMAX it's crowded with a lot of titles in those formats right now. Fewer theaters means less box office.
Unlike "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides" "Cars 2" will not open on the same day or two worldwide. It opens in the US June 24, but will open in other countries between June 22-September 29. See chart:
Movies similar to "Cars 2" and how they did, chart at Box Office Mojo.com:
And here's how the first "Cars" did back five years ago in 2006, both US and foreign. It may not have been as highly reviewed as other Pixar movies or as well liked by audiences as other Pixar movies, but in the US and worldwide it sure made a lot of money anyway!
In discussions at Box Office Mojo.com forums, the community places an Opening Weekend US prediction for "Cars 2" $60-$106 million. Some think "Cars 2" will do better it's second weekend, which is US Independence Day Weekend, a big holiday and a popular time to go see movies.
There will be a cartoon short from Pixar to open "Cars 2". It is one of two "Toy Story Toons", this one titled "Hawaiian Vacation" and set among the new family that adopted Andy's toys at the end of "Toy Story 3". The other "Toy Story Toons" will open in front of "The Muppets" in November. Details at this link:
Within the article is speculation a future "Toy Story 4" full-length feature animated film could actually happen.