The animation factory has now seen all 13 of its films open at number one through Buena Vista as $66.7m pulled off the second biggest June launch behind Toy Story 3.
Kelly Macdonald voices the lead character Merida in the mother-daughter story set in the Scottish Highlands, while Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly play her parents. Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman directed.
Madagascar 3 fell to number two and has amassed $158m after three weekends. Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter produced a lacklustre launch in third place on $16.5m from 3,108 theatres.
Focus Features’ Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World fell well below expectations as last week’s Los Angeles Film Festival world premiere opened in tenth on $3.8m from 1,625 sites. Steve Carrel and Keira Knightley play star-crossed lovers who meet days before the world is about to be hit by an asteroid. First-timer Lorene Scafaria wrote and directed.
Prometheus in fourth place crossed $100m in its fourth session. SPC opened Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love on $379,000 from five for an excellent $75,800 per-site average.
Next weekend’s wide releases include Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper saga Magic Mike with Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer through Warner Bros; DreamWorks’ family drama People Like Us starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks through Buena Vista; Universal’s comedy Ted from Seth MacFarlane; and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection through Lionsgate.
Estimated Top 10 North America Jun 22-24 2012
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) Brave (Pixar-Buena Vista) WDSMPI $66.7m –
2 (1) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Paramount-DreamWorks Animation) PPI $20.2m $157.6m
3 (-) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Fox) Fox Int’l $16.5m –
4 (2) Prometheus (Fox) Fox Int’l $10m $108.5m
5 (3) Rock Of Ages (Warner Bros-New Line) $8m $28.8m
6 (5) Snow White And The Huntsman (Universal) UPI $8m $137.1m
7 (4) That’s My Boy (Sony) SPRI $7.9m $28.2m
8 (7) The Avengers (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $7m $598.3m
9 (6) MIB 3 (Sony) SPRI $5.6m $163.3m
10 (-) Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (Focus Features) Lionsgate Int’l $3.8m –