Film

Cinderella dances her way into a $70M opening weekend

It was a fairy-tale weekend for Walt Disney Studios at the box-office, the latest live-action film adaptation ‘Cinderella’ brought in over $70M at the box-office during the film’s opening weekend across the country. Taking the number-one spot isn’t exactly a surprise, the film opened against a limited selection of films as other large productions avoided clashing with the classic remake.

The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, working off a screenplay written by the talented Chris Weitz. Starring in the title-role was Lily James, alongside Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter. In the film Ella (played by Lily James) meets her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her new step-sisters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera). It’s soon after Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, that she finds herself at the mercy of her horrible new family. Joining James and Blanchett on film is Helena Bonham-Carter, the fairy Godmother that will change Cinderella’s life forever.

Taking second-place this weekend was the Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-thriller ‘Run All Night’ with only $11M at the domestic box-office. That film stars Liam Neeson, Ed Harris and Joel Kinnaman. Jaume Collet-Serra directed the film, working from a script written by Brad Ingelsby.

Dropping to third-place overall was ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ from 20th Century Fox. The film brought-in another $6.2M at the box-office, breaking $100M overall at the domestic box-office. Fourth place went to ‘Focus,’ also from Warner Bros. Pictures, with $5.8M domestically. Sony Pictures ‘Chappie’ only saw a $5.75M weekend with ‘Cinderella’ at the box-office, the film’s domestic total now sits at $23.3M.

Just missing the top-five at the box-office was ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ from Fox Searchlight. That film brought in an additional $5.7M at the box-office, it now sits at $18M overall.

Dropping to tenth-place was the horror-thriller ‘The Lazarus Effect’ from Relativity Media. The film stars Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Evan Peters. David Gelb directed the film, Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater wrote the script. With this weekend’s $2.8M earnings, the film now sits at $21.7M.