Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Disney's Brave arrows in on top spot

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 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.

Brave arrows in on the No 1 spot at the US box office