Brave shows mettle with No 1 debut

2012-06-25 08:44
Los Angeles - A new Disney princess has ascended to the box-office throne with a No 1 debut for Pixar Animation's Brave.

The latest from the makers of WALL-E, Finding Nemo and the Toy Story movies opened with $66.7m domestically, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Brave added $13.5m in 10 overseas markets for a worldwide start of $80.2m.

Featuring a feisty Scottish princess, Brave was the first of Disney's Pixar animations with a female protagonist. And it 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 $16.5m, behind Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

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

Brave is the 13th-straight Pixar release to open at No 1 since Toy Story launched Hollywood's age of computer animation in 1995.

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 $3.8m, debuting at No 10.