Cinderella dazzles at the box office
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Cinderella dazzles at the box office

Cinderella

Cinderella has danced its way to the top of the US weekend box office.

Disney’s live-action feature adaptation of the classic fairy tale took in just over $70 million in its debut at theaters. The picture, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh, made an even more impressive showing internationally, as it’s raked in $132 million worldwide so far. Cinderella stars Downton Abbey actress Lily James as the titular character and Game of Thrones thespian Richard Madden as Prince Charming. Other castmembers include Hollywood royalty Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as Cinderella’s fairy godmother. The movie was made by Walt Disney Pictures with a large budget of $95 million.

Landing far behind Cinderella this weekend in the second position is Run All Night, which earned a mere $11 million. The action picture centres on the dilemma mob hitman Jimmy Conlon, played by Liam Neeson, faces as he is forced to pledge allegiance to either his son Mike or his best friend, Shawn Maguire. Shawn, played by Ed Harris, wants to kill Jimmy’s son Mike, portrayed by Joel Kinnaman, for the murder of his own child. Since its March 13 box office debut, Run All Night has taken in just $17.6 million internationally. So far this is a slow showing, as Run All Night was made with a budget of $50 million.

In third over the weekend is Kingsman: The Secret Service, with earnings of $6.2 million in its fifth week at the box office. The spy comedy, which stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson, has been quite successful since its February 13 release, as it has earned over $276 million worldwide. Made with an $81 million budget, Kingsman: The Secret Service centers on a smart street kid who gets recruited into a prestigious spy training program just as a dangerous technological genius heats up a serious world threat.

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