Pixar’s latest movie ‘Cars 3’ debuted at the top of the box office charts in the US with a strong $53.5M, making it the 16th Pixar film to open in the number one position. Unfortunately, it is also the worst opening yet for the three-picture Cars franchise.

If there’s a silver lining for Disney, they should be happy that it steal received an A score from CinemaScore. Such a strong score means its possible that Cars 3 will have a decent second weekend too.

It’s been eight years since Cars 2, just enough enough time for another generation of young kids to grow into the age where playing with cars is fun. So having a new Cars film from Pixar will no doubt help Disney’s bottom line with all the merchandise sales.

Internationally, Cars 3 collected trophies worth $21.3M in 23 markets. That brings the total so far to $74.8M. With more overseas markets opening in the weeks to come, that number should strengthen.

As we said in our review, this is very much a return to form for Pixar and the Cars franchise. The goofy spy thriller of the second film is forgotten and the film returns to the emotional storytelling Pixar is known for.

If you saw Cars 3 this weekend what did you think? If you haven’t seen Pixar’s latest? Let us know why not and if you plan to see it soon.