Looks like 13 is the lucky number for Pixar, whose Brave opened in the top spot at the box office with an impressive $66.7 million. This marks the 13th time that a Pixar movies has opened as the Number One movie at the North American box office.
The plucky tale of a feisty, bow-and-arrow wielding Scottish princess who accidentally turns her mother into a bear won over critics and audiences alike with its crowd pleasing mix of action, adventure, and fantasy – all the while giving the whole “Disney Princess” thing a twenty first century reboot. Pixar will go for its 14th consecutive No. 1 hit next summer with the prequel to Monster’s Inc., Monster’s University.
Last week’s No.1 film slipped to the second spot on the ladder: Madagascar 3 managed to retain enough fans to make an additional $20 million, considerably better than the third place open of Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer which made a so-so $16.5 million in its first weekend.
In other sad news, the Steve Carrell-Keria Knightley Armageddon drama, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, bombed with a tenth place a open and $3.8 million in receipts. Looks like that manager’s office at Dunder Mifflin wasn’t such a bad gig, was it?
Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy continued their downward slide at the box office, finishing in 6th and 7th place. The top ten movies this weekend were as follows:
1. “Brave” (Disney): $66.7 million.
2. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (Paramount/DreamWorks Animation): $20 million
3. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (Fox): $16.5 million.
4. “Prometheus” (Fox): $10 million
5. “Snow White and the Huntsman” (Universal): $8 million
6. “Rock of Ages” (Warner Bros.): $8 million
7. “That’s My Boy” (Sony): $7.9 million
8. “The Avengers” (Disney): $7 million
9. “Men in Black” (Sony/Hemisphere): $5.6 million
10. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (Focus Features): $3.8 million.