'Brave' lands in the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office with $66.7 million
"Brave" proved to be another hit for Pixar as the film with a female hero landed in the No.1 spot at the weekend box office.
The film earned an estimated $66.7 million in its debut week, according to the Associated Press. "Brave" also earned $13.5 million in over season markets for a worldwide total of $80.2 million.
"Brave" tells the story of Princess Merida (voiced by "Boardwalk Empire" actress Kelly MacDonald) who wants to defy the old customs of her kingdom after her parents (voiced by Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly) try to force her to pick a suitor.
Merida seeks help from an old woman to try to change her fate but she sets forth a curse. Merida must work to undo the spell before permanent damage is done.
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," which had been the box office champ for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2 for this weekend. The family film featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock earned $20.2 million for the weekend, raising its domestic three-week total to $157.6 million.
In third place was the weekend's other new wide release "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." The supernatural action thriller opened in a distant third place with just $16.5 million.
The film, starring Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, is a historical retelling of Lincoln's life, which claims that he was President of the United States by day, but a vampire hunter by night. It was produced by director Tim Burton and directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
The sci-fi film "Prometheus," with Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, came in fourth place this weekend. The film, which was directed by "Alien" director Ridley Scott, earned $10 million in its third weekend at the box office for a domestic total of $108 million.
Finishing out the top five is another Charlize Theron film, "Snow White and the Huntsman." The movie, which also features Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, made $8.01 million in its fourth week at the theater. Its domestic total now stands at $137 million.
Check out the trailers for "Brave" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" below.