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

 

‘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