Disney Pixar’s Brave tops US box office chart!

Brave, the latest animated feature from Disney Pixar, has made its debut at number one in the US box office chart, according to early estimates.

The film made $66.7m (£42.8m) in its opening weekend, knocking Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted off the top spot.

Brave, about a princess in medieval Scotland, is the first Disney Pixar animation with a female protagonist.

Action thriller Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was the second highest new entry at number three.

The film, whose cast includes the British actors Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell, took a total of $16.5m (£10.6m) over the weekend.

Brave, which will close the Edinburgh International Film Festival later this week, is the the 13th consecutive Pixar release to open at number one.

“Their track record is just unbelievable,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

“The Pixar brand just carries so much weight with the audience. It doesn’t matter almost what the story is about if it has the Pixar name.”

Brave’s heroine, who rebels against her family’s plans for her to marry, is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, of Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire fame.

Keira Knightley’s latest film, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, made its debut at number 10.

It’s three-day takings of $3.8m (£2.4m) reflected the fact it had a more limited release than the rest of the titles in this week’s Top 10.

Woody Allen’s Italian romance, To Rome With Love, opened in five cinemas and made $379,371 (£243,905).

That gave the film an average of $75,874 (£48,780) per screen, compared to the $16,028 (£10,307) screen average for Brave.

Top 5 US Box Office : 

  1. Brave 
  2. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  4. Prometheus
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. The Dictator
  2. Madagascar 3 (3D)
  3. Snow White And The Huntsman
  4. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in 3D
  5. What To Expect When You’re Expecting

 

‘Madagascar 3’ Powers Past ‘Prometheus’ With $60.3M at Box Office!

Family audiences turned out in droves for “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” pushing the DreamWorks Animation CGI sequel to a better-than-expected $60.3 million weekend at the U.S. box office.

Big turnouts on Saturday and Sunday pushed it past Fox and Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” which had led after taking in $21.4 million Friday, and went on to an impressive $50 million for the weekend.

“Madagascar 3” also hauled in $75.5 million from 28 overseas territories in its first weekend — including an eye-popping $16.5 million from Russia — making it the weekend’s No. 1 film worldwide. It added $11 million from Brazil and $10.5 million from China.

With no real family film in the U.S. marketplace since April, “Madagascar 3′ plainly filled a box-office void. Both movies delivered on the high end of expectations, particularly the R-rated “Prometheus,” in a busy weekend at the cineplexes.

“Madagascar 3” turned in the biggest debut weekend in the franchise history, and the best opening for DreamWorks Animationsince “Shrek 4” bowed to $70 million in 2008.

“The release date worked great for us,” DWA’s chief marketing office Ann Globe told TheWrap Sunday, “particularly for parents.”

“Madagascar 3” was a hit with audiences, which were 56 percent female and 54 percent under 25. They gave it an “A” CinemaScore. It’s been nearly four years since the last “Madagascar” film and the numbers suggest it not only connected with earlier fans but made some new ones.

Top 5 US Box Office :

  1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 

  2. Prometheus

  3. Snow White and the Huntsman

  4. Men in Black 3

  5. The Avengers 

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office : 

  1. Snow White And The Huntsman

  2. Men In Black 3 In 3D

  3. What To Expect When You’re Expecting

  4. The Avengers 3D

  5. A Few Best Men

‘The Avengers’ loses top box office spot ! New No.1

The suits have knocked off the superheroes at the box office.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ sequel “Men in Black 3″ debuted as the No. 1 movie over Memorial Day weekend with $55 million domestically from Friday to Sunday.

That bumps Disney’s “The Avengers” into second-place after three blockbuster weekends on top for the superhero sensation. “The Avengers” took in $37 million over the three days to push its domestic total to $514 million and become only the fourth movie ever to top half a billion dollars.

Distributor Sony estimates that by the end of the four-day holiday weekend Monday, “Men in Black 3” will have pulled in $70 million domestically and $202 million worldwide.

Universal’s “Battleship” was No. 3 in its second weekend with $10.8 million, raising its domestic earnings to $44.3 million. Paramount’s comedy “The Dictator” took in $9.6 million to finish fourth in its second weekend and lift its total to $41.5 million.

The Warner Bros. horror tale “Chernobyl Diaries” opened at No. 5 with $8 million.

“Men in Black 3” launched with a bit more cash than its two predecessors, which both had opening weekends of just above $50 million.

But the original “Men in Black” debuted in 1997 and “Men in Black II” premiered in 2002, when admission prices were much lower than today’s. That means “Men in Black 3” sold fewer tickets than the previous installments.

Top 5 US Box Office :

  1. Men In Black 3D
  2. The Avengers
  3. Battleship
  4. The Dictator
  5. Chernobyl Diaries

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. Men In Black 3D
  2. What To Expect When You’re Expecting
  3. The Avengers
  4. The Five Year Engagement
  5. Dark Shadows

‘Avengers’ starting season with a bang ! Lebanese & US Box Office

“The Avengers,” a superhero movie mash-up of Marvel comics characters, flexed its muscles in U.S. and Canadian midnight screenings on Friday, earning $18.7 million and starting Hollywood’s summer season with a bang.

The movie, from Walt Disney Co. unit Marvel Studios, staked its claim to the second-highest midnight debut for a non-sequel film, coming in about $1 million shy of the March 2012 total for “The Hunger Games” at $19.74 million, according to industry tracker Hollywood.com.

“Avengers,” in which Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Black Widow, among others, ban together to combat evil on earth, landed at No. 8 on the list of all-time best midnight openings behind several “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” franchise films. The best midnight debut belongs to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” the final movie in that series that conjured up $43.5 million in its midnight debut last year.

“The Avengers” debut kicks off four months of movie going filled with effects-laden flicks, adventure, science-fiction, comedy and big-name Hollywood stars meant to lure mostly younger audiences that are out of school for the summer. The season can bring in as much as 40 percent of annual movie ticket sales in the United States and Canada. Already, “Avengers” has leveraged its superhero status to a massive box office in international markets after just nine days in theaters. As of Friday morning, ticket sales reached $304 million, Disney said, surpassing total overseas receipts for “Captain America,” the first “Iron Man” and “Thor.”

That strong international demand has helped boost forecasts for opening weekend U.S. and Canadian sales. The movie could challenge this year’s debut weekend record of $152.5 million set by teen survival drama “Hunger Games,” box office analysts said. The international fervor has “created a lot of excitement on this side of the pond. That’s increased my expectations” for the domestic opening, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office division of Hollywood.com, who predicts domestic (U.S. and Canadian) ticket sales of $150 million-plus from Friday through Sunday.

Phil Contrino, editor of Boxoffice.com, thinks “Avengers” has a shot at breaking the all-time opening record set by last summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” with $169.2 million. Higher-priced 3D tickets will help lift the total, he said. “I think this is a movie people will seek out in 3D,” said Contrino. He is forecasting a domestic debut of around $170 million.

US Box Office :

  1. Think Like a Man
  2. The Pirates! Bands of Misfits
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. The Lucky One
  5. The Five Year Engagement

Lebanese Box Office : 

  1. The Avengers 3D
  2. Tannoura Maxi
  3. The Lucky one
  4. 21 Jump Street
  5. 33 Days

The Hunger Games Makes Like Avatar !

Ho-hum. Another weekend passed, another first place finish for The Hunger Games.

The global blockbuster earned $21.5 million on Friday and Saturday, helping it defeat such newcomers as The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods to become the first film since Avatar to sit atop the box office four weeks in a row.

Among the latest notable achievements for The Hunger Games:

  • It has earned $337 million domestically, sliding past Spider-Man 3 for 22nd place on the list of all-time hits.
  • Including international receipts, it has garnered $531 million at the box office.

Here’s a look at the weekend’s top five US money makers:

  1. The Hunger Games: $21.5 million
  2. The Three Stooges: $17.1 million
  3. The Cabin in the Woods: $14.9 million
  4. Titanic 3D: $11.6 million
  5. American Reunion: $10.7 million

Top 5 Lebanese Box Office :

  1. American Pie : Reunion
  2. Titanic in 3D
  3. How I Spent My Summer Vacation
  4. The Cold Light Of Day
  5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits In 3D