Scottish warrior princess Brave tops US box office

Monday June 25, 2012

Emma Thompson's new movie, Brave, has topped the US box office.

The animated Pixar film about a young Scottish princess defying tradition that requires her to marry against her will opened with $66.7 million domestically in America, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Brave, which also features the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters and Billy Connolly, added $13.5 million in 10 overseas markets for a worldwide start of $80.2 million.

The film left American hero Abraham Lincoln in the dust.

The 20th Century Fox action tale Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opened far back at No 3 with $16.5 million, behind Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

DreamWorks Animation's animated Madagascar sequel had been No 1 for two weekends and added $20.2 million to raise its US total to $157.6 million dollars.

The weekend's other new wide release, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley's apocalyptic romance Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, misfired with just $3.8 million dollars, debuting at No 10.

The film, playing in much narrower release than other top-10 movies, stars Steve and Keira as heartbroken neighbours on a road trip as a killer asteroid hurtles toward Earth.

Woody Allen's Italian romance To Rome With Love pulled in huge audiences in limited release, debuting with $379,371 dollars in five theatres.

That gave the Sony Pictures Classics release a whopping average of $75,874 a theatre, compared to $16,028 in 4,164 cinemas for Brave.

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