Brave Makes $25 Million Friday To Start Stellar Box Office Weekend
The reviews for Brave may not be as strong as for many Pixar movies, but the box office tells the same, massively successful story. The studio's first film with a female lead character made $25 million on Friday, putting it on track for a $70 million weekend and an easy first-place finish for the weekend. As Deadline points out, that's a full $10 million ahead of the opening for Madagascar 3 a few weeks ago, proving that the superior quality of Pixar-- even for a film not quite universally beloved-- wins out once again.
It's a less rosy situation for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the R-rated historical fantasy from Timur Bekmambetov, which made $6.5 million on Friday and is set for a $17.5 million weekend, if not less. That puts it in third place behind Madagascar 3 from the weekend, and with a C+ CinemaScore, it seems unlikely that word-of-mouth can boost it throughout the weekend. All this after 20th Century Fox pulled out all the stops to convince Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton to make the movie with them-- read this story for a flashback to more hopeful times, when a guy playing "Taps" in a Confederate uniform seemed to indicate a future franchise.
We were actually fans of both of the weekend's new releases-- click over to read our reviews of Brave and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but even we can recognize it's the second weekend in a row that Hollywood doesn't seem to be on its A-game. Do you like either of the weekend's new release? And what are you heading to the movies to see? Let us know in the comments below.
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