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'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Has Mega Opening

Comstock Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Transformers: Dark of the Moon had a smashing opening over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, finishing at the top of the box office.

The third installment of the Transformers franchise netted $116.4 million over the weekend, beating out Cars 2, which finished in second place with a tally of $32.1 million.

Bad Teacher ($17.6 million), Larry Crowne ($15.7 million) and Super 8 ($9.5 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Cars 2' Drives Away with Box Office Top Spot

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Cars 2 raced to first place at the box office over the weekend, garnering $68 million in its opening weekend, according to studio experts.

Also debuting over the weekend was the film Bad Teacher, which finished second in the box office tally, raking in $31 million.

Green Lantern ($18.4 million), Super 8 ($12.1 million) and Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($10.3 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Cars 2,' 'Bad Teacher' Open Friday

Comstock Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Cars 2: In the Disney/Pixar sequel, the tow truck Mater, voiced by Larry The Cable Guy, is caught up in a spy mission as he tries to help his buddy, Owen Wilson's Lightning McQueen, in a high-profile race.  Joe Mantegna, Peter Jacobson, Tony Shalhoub, and Michael Caine also lend their voices to the animated film.  Rated G.

-- Bad Teacher: Cameron Diaz is a mean-spirited teacher who woos a rich substitute teacher so she can quit her job and live the high life.  Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel and Lucy Punch also star.  Rated R.

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Movie Review: ‘Cars 2’

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Little kids loved Larry the Cable Guy's Mater in Cars, and they’re likely going to love his goofy antics and dim-witted nature in Cars 2.  Adults?  Maybe not.
Owen Wilson's Lightning McQueen takes Mater to Japan and Europe for a race sponsored by an energy company, where Mater is mistaken for a spy. Michael Caine is the voice of a James Bond-type car named Finn McMissile, which is supposed to be fun for adults who have an appreciation for James Bond but it just turns out to be monotonous and a bit of a reach.
The storyline is confusing and the script perplexing. Sure, there are cute moments for the kids but Cars 2 is like looking at a Ferrari, only to pop the hood and find the engine of a 1971 Ford Pinto. Pixar, who has given us some of the best movies of the past decade, this time has delivered a lemon.

Two out of five stars.
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