After two wonderful, nuanced, profound films that faced (and largely overcame) some inherent commercial limitations -- Wall-E was dead-serious, half-silent sci-fi with no human heroes; Up was about a geriatric finding a new lease on life -- Pixar's tradition of quality finally reunites with monster box-office potential. Riding high on great reviews and massive franchise popularity, Toy Story 3 delivered Pixar's biggest opening ever by a $40 million margin, and will threaten to top Finding Nemo as the studio's most financially successful film. Having raked in $109 million in its first three days of release, it may also contend with Alice in Wonderland for the title of highest-grossing film of the year. Pixar films generally have very good box-office staying power.

If you're jonesin' for some bad news, allow me to dazzle you with Jonah Hex. The comic book adaptation, penned by Neveldine/Taylor, enjoyed some buzz in geek circles while in development, but almost no one actually liked it, and a marginally larger number of people went to see it. It made a paltry $5 million for Warner Bros. on 2,800 screens.

The weekend's holdover surprise was Prince of Persia, which lost under 20% of last weekend's number, perhaps as a result of Toy Story 3 spillover traffic (though Shrek Forever After took a tumble). It still won't make it to $100 million. Get Him to the Greek is holding up okay, as is Killers, though the latter will have to claw its way to $50 million.

The estimated top 10 after the jump.