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'Cinderella' wins box office crown: $70.1M

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Jonathan Olley

Cinderella was the star of this weekend’s ball—if you count the box office as a ball, that is.

The Disney live-action adaptation earned the No. 1 spot with $70.1 million, $59 million more than runner-up Run All Night. Its debut is exactly on par with Maleficentanother live-action Disney film that premiered with $69.4 million in May 2014. 

Although Cinderella doesn’t have the same overwhelming star power as Maleficent, which starred Angelina Jolie as the title character, it does have the benefit of both being based on one of the more popular fairy tales and earning mostly solid reviews: The film currently has a perfectly healthy 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

Liam Neeson’s latest action flick, Run All Night, was the only other wide debut this weekend, but it wasn’t nearly as popular: The film opened with $11 million—even less than A Walk Among the Tombstones, one of Neeson’s more recent (and less talked-about) films that debuted with $12.8 million in September. This debut is especially weak compared to Taken 3′s (another Neeson-led movie) $39.2 million January opening. So maybe it’s not a bad thing that Neeson is thinking about giving his action movie career just “two more years,” as he told reporters while promoting Run All Night. 

Kingsman: The Secret Service, now in its fifth week, came in at third place with $6.2 million—just about 25 percent less than last weekend’s $8.3 million. This Matthew Vaughn-directed comic book adaptation is continuing to benefit from positive word of mouth, which should keep it in the box office top five for at least another week (Divergent sequel Insurgent is opening next weekend though, so that could cut its time at the top short).

Focus and Chappie are, so far, nearly tied for fourth place with an estimated $5.8 million each—Focus currently has a slight lead though with $5.805 million to Chappie‘s $5.750 million, according to Rentrak’s early estimates.

1. Cinderella — $70.1 million

2. Run All Night — $11 million

3. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $6.2 million

4. Focus — $5.8 million

5. Chappie — $5.8 million

In box office news outside the top five, well-reviewed horror It Follows (which has a 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) opened with an estimated $163,453 in four theaters—bringing its per screen average to a little over $40,000.