Cinderella steps on Chappie at the box office

2015-03-16 10:53

Los Angeles  - The live action remake of animated-classic Cinderella had a nice fit in North American movie theatres, topping the list of estimated weekend ticket sales.

The Disney movie, featuring Lily James as enchanted princess Ella and Cate Blanchett as her cruel stepmother, took in $70m.

Part of the draw for the critically well-received film was an animated short Frozen Fever that was shown with the film, a five minute add-on to another Disney princess smash-hit Frozen.

Action flick Run the Night, featuring grizzled tough-guy Liam Neeson playing a hit man going up against the mob to protect a son, took second on the charts hauling in an estimated $11m in its debut weekend.

British spy comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service, dropped in sales but moved up a spot in its fourth week in theatres taking in $6.2m for the third box office spot.

Focus, a con-artist flick featuring Will Smith as a crook who takes on a protege played by Margot Robbie had just over $5.8m in estimated ticket sales for the fourth spot on the chart.

Artificial intelligence thriller Chappie had a long fall from its top-spot debut last week, taking in $5.8m for fourth place despite a $13.3m showing last week.

Sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel featuring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere, pulled in $5.7m for the sixth spot.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, remained a presence on the box office charts, taking in $4.1m in ticket sales in its fifth week on the charts for a total of $154.7m.

Kevin Costner sport drama McFarland, USA the story of a small-town cross country team made up of immigrant students was eighth on the charts with $3.7m in estimated sales.

Long-running hit American Sniper charged back into the top 10 box office films taking in $2.9m in its eleventh week in theaters.

This weekend's haul added more sales to the biggest hit of 2014, taking in $341.5m overall.

The Lazarus Effect, about medical students who discover a way to bring people back to life took the tenth spot with $2.82m in sales.

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