The Cars spin-off soars to a respectable first weekend against big competition.
Considering Planes was developed as a direct-to-video release, Disney banking $22.5 million in its domestic opening weekend is considered a success. While lower than the two Cars films, which drove past $60 million each, Planes was made on a much smaller budget. Disney has Planes: Fire and Rescue on the runway for a summer 2014 takeoff, and there are plenty of merchandising tie-ins, including a Disney game.
Inspired by Disney’s film, Disney Planes the video game takes players on an action-packed, sky-high heroic adventure and continues the storyline beyond the film with Dusty, a big-hearted, speed-loving crop duster who is voiced by actor and comedian Dane Cook. Additionally, players can embark on races and global adventures with Dusty and other characters from the film including Ishani, voiced by Priyanka Chopra; Echo, voiced by Anthony Edwards; and Bravo, voiced by Val Kilmer.
From Propwash Junction to China, players will soar across 10 different breathtaking environments inspired by the film, playing as any one of 10 of the film’s most memorable characters. Drop-in and drop-out co-op play for two players is available on any console mission, and again features any of the 10 characters in the console game. Meanwhile, high-fliers on handheld will enjoy six different film-inspired skies and the option to play as any one of six characters from the film to fulfill challenges and reach new heights and high scores on handheld.
Roll, turn and loop to complete mission-based objectives in any one of four modes for play: Air Rallies, Story, Free Flight and Balloon Popping. Players will enjoy variety as Story is narrative-focused, while Balloon Pop is a score-based mini-game that challenges the players’ precision flying skills. The exploratory Free Flight mode is exclusive to console play, while the handheld has an exclusive objective-achieving Challenge mode.
Planes features Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.