Even after the largely hated Cars 2, Pixar still proved that they are the studio to beat, as Brave opened to an estimated $66.7 million. While far from their best opening, this is about on par with Up and Wall-E. This marks Pixar’s 13th straight number one debut and the film should continue to do well in the coming weeks. It is clear that family friendly films are in high demand, as Madagascar 3 ended the weekend in second place behind Brave.

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opened  in third place to a middling $16.5 million. While not an absolutely terrible start, it does not bode well if the film hopes to make back its nearly $70 million budget. Reviews for the film have been mixed to negative, so it is unlikely that this film will have a strong hold over the coming weeks.

 

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World proved that Steve Carell’s name does not always equal box office bank. The disaster comedy earned only $3.8 million over the weekend. This is a very low debut, but the film did only open on 1,625 theaters and its mix of comedy and disaster made it a tough sell. Thankfully the film only cost $10 million to make, so it still has a chance at earning back its budget.

  1. Brave – $66.7 million
  2. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $20.2 million
  3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – $16.5 million
  4. Prometheus – $10 million
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman – $8.01 million
  6. Rock of Ages – $8 million
  7. That’s My Boy – $7.9 million
  8. The Avengers – $7.04 million
  9. Men in Black 3 – $5.6 million
  10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – $3.8 million
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