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‘Brave’ princess ascends to throne

Estimated ticket sales for
Friday through Sunday at North American theaters (in millions):

1. Brave $66.7

2. Madagascar 3... $20.2

3. ... Vampire Hunter $16.5

4. Prometheus $10

5. Snow White... $8.01

6. Rock of Ages $8

7. That’s My Boy $7.9

8. The Avengers $7

9. Men in Black 3 $5.6

10. Seeking a Friend .... $3.8

Updated: July 26, 2012 6:24AM

“Brave,” the animated fairy tale from Pixar, coasted to the top spot at theaters over the weekend, giving the studio an unprecedented 13th straight No. 1 film.

The story of a Scottish princess who dreams of becoming an archer collected $66.7 million, according to studio estimates.

Though the film was expected to be No. 1 — Pixar’s one-movie-a-year strategy has made its releases a summer staple among families — the debut still marked a comeback of sorts for Pixar. Last year’s “Cars 2” was the studio’s first negatively reviewed film (though it took in $191.5 million).

Brave saw no such critical shrug. The movie earned a thumbs-up from 74 percent of the nation’s critics, according to Rotten

Gannett News Service

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