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