Weekend box office: Cinderella dominates Run All Night

Although I’m not a fan of Disney’s obsession of turning all of their classic animated movies into live action films, you can’t argue with their success.  Last summer, MALEFICENT opened to $69 million and this weekend, it looks like CINDERELLA is going to open to right around the same number.  That’s not a bad opening for the film, which will probably have some serious legs at the weekend box office since it will be a while before we have another girl-centric movie hitting theaters.  The other new movie of the weekend was the Liam Neeson starring RUN ALL NIGHT, which only opened to about $11 million, which is far less than his TAKEN films and even less than A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES.  People like the tough-guy Liam Neeson, but apparently only when he’s talking tough on a telephone.

Next week should belong to THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT or maybe just “INSURGENT” now, it’s hard to keep up with how YA adaptations title their sequels.  But the sequel should take away enough of CINDERELLA’s crowd to make it the number one movie next week.  We also get the Sean Penn action film THE GUNMAN, which probably won’t make much of a dent.  Penn is one of the best actors alive, but I don’t think he’s going to pull a Liam Neeson and get paid big bucks to lead action movies any time soon.  And although it seems like the summer movie season has already kicked off, I guess the first real summer movie is FURIOUS 7, which opens in a mere three weeks.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Cinderella $70m

2. Run All Night $11m

3. Kingsman: The Secret Service $6.2m

4. Focus $5.8m

5. Chappie $5.8m

6. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $5.7m

7. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $4.1m

8. McFarland USA $3.7m

9. American Sniper $2.93m

10. The Duff $2.9m

(Deadline)

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