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'Transformers' rules the U.S. box office

July 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," starring Shia LaBeouf and an ensemble cast, took in a whopping $97.4 million for the No. 1 U.S. spot during the weekend.

The animated "Cars," featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Michael Caine and Larry the Cable Guy among others, was a distant second with more than $25.11 million.

All studio estimates of gross U.S. box office receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

"Bad Teacher" was third with $14.1 million; "Larry Crowne" was fourth with more than $13 million; "Monte Carlo" fifth with $7.6 million; "Super 8" sixth with $7.5 million; "Green Lantern" seventh $6.27 million; "Mr. Popper's Penguins" eighth with $5.1 million; "Bridesmaids" ninth with more than $3.52 million;

"Midnight in Paris" rounded out the top 10 with more than $3.43 million.

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