‘Brave’ wins US box office with $66m

Pixar’s Brave has debuted at number one at the US box office this weekend.

The animated film features voice work by Emma Thompson, Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connelly and Craig Ferguson. The tale of a Scottish princess who tries to change her fate took in $66.7m in ticket sales on its opening weekend.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ended its two-week reign at number one, dropping to the second spot with $20.2m. The film has grossed over $150m since its release earlier this month.

The Tim Burton-produced action thriller Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter came in at number three with a less impressive $16m in ticket sales, while Ridley Scott’s Prometheus dropped two spots to number four with $10m.

Rounding out the top five is Rock of Ages, which made a disappointing $8m over the weekend, raising its overall earnings to $28m.

Snow White and the Huntsman and That’s My Boy hold on to the chart at six and seven, while The Avengers drops one spot from last week to number eight.

Will Smith’s Men in Black 3 also takes a fall to number nine, and Keira Knightley’s new film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World debuts at ten with $3.8m.

The US box office top ten in full (studio estimates):
(-) Brave – $66,739,000
2. (1) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $20,200,000
3. (-) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – $16,500,000
4. (2) Prometheus – $10,000,000
5. (3) Rock of Ages – $8,000,000
6. (5) Snow White and the Huntsman- $8,000,000
7. (4) That’s My Boy – $7,900,000
8. (7) The Avengers – $7,040,000
9. (6) Men in Black 3 – $5,600,000
10. (-) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – $3,8360,000