'Brave' tops Friday box office with $24.5 million
Audiences rushed out to the theater for the latest Pixar movie "Brave."
The animated movie about a redheaded princess in Scotland claimed the No. 1 spot at the Friday box office with $24.5 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is expected to earn an estimated $66 million over the weekend.
"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.
Another animated film, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," is expected to come in second place for the weekend, defeating the other new release "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a supernatural historical fiction movie, grossed $6.3 million on Friday and is expected to make $16 million for the weekend. According to the industry paper, the film cost $68 million to make.
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.
Check out the trailer for "Brave" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" below.