'Brave' hits the bullseye as Pixar film is No 1 again
Stephen Foley is a former Associate Business Editor of The Independent, based in New York. He left in August 2012. In a decade at the paper, he covered personal finance, the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry, and had also been the Business section's share tipster. Between arriving with three suitcases in Manhattan in January 2006 and his departure, he witnessed and reported on a great economic boom turning spectacularly to bust. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.
Tuesday 26 June 2012
The story of an archery-ace, 10th-century Scottish princess who rebels against convention has topped the US box office, in the 13th-straight No 1 hit for Disney's animation studio, Pixar.
Brave took in $66.7m (£42.8m) in ticket sales on its opening weekend, defying predictions that the first Pixar movie with a female protagonist might fail to live up to predecessors like Up, Wall-E and Finding Nemo.
The movie, which is released in the UK in August, features an all-star cast of voices, including the Scottish actors Billy Connolly and Robbie Coltrane. Pixar films have unfailingly debuted at No 1 in the US since Toy Story ushered in a new standard of computer animation in 1995.
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