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After a decade-plus absence from theaters, the animated heroes of “Toy Story 3” sold $153.8 million worth of tickets during their opening weekend at the worldwide box office, according to estimates issued Sunday by distributor Walt Disney Co. Moviegoers in the United States and Canada accounted for $109 million, a new opening record for a film produced by Disney’s Pixar Animation unit. The old mark of $70.5 million was set by “The Incredibles” in May 2004.

Weekend box office

Following are the top 10 movies at the North American box office for the weekend beginning on June 18, according to studio estimates compiled on Sunday by Reuters.

1. “Toy Story 3,” $109.0 million

2. “The Karate Kid,” $ 29.0 million

3. “The A-Team,” $ 13.8 million

4. “Get Him to the Greek,” $ 6.1 million

5. “Shrek Forever After,” $ 5.5 million

6. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” $ 5.3 million

7. “Killers,” $ 5.1 million

7. “Jonah Hex,” $ 5.1 million

9. “Iron Man 2,” $ 2.7 million

9. “Marmaduke,” $ 2.7 million

Only two other cartoons have opened to more than $100 million — “Shrek the Third” with $122 million in 2007, and “Shrek 2” with $108 million in 2004. Pundits had forecast a $100 million-plus opening for the film, which was universally acclaimed by critics and marks the debut appearance of Mattel Inc’s Barbie and Ken.

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