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Pixar’s Brave Proves Kids Like a Scruffy Heroine

“BRAVE”   (L-R) LORD MACINTOSH and his son, YOUNG MACINTOSH; MERIDA, WEE DINGWALL and his father, LORD DINGWALL; LORD MacGUFFIN and his son, YOUNG MacGUFFIN; QUEEN ELINOR and KING FERGUS.  ©2011 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

This weekend's box office results represent a big boost to Pixar, whose rough-and-tumble Brave took the lead with a healthy $66.5 million. Meanwhile, the weekend's other blockbuster opener, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer, was half-undead itself, bringing in just $16.5 million. Also new this weekend was Steve Carell and Keira Knighley's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which similarly underwhelmed expectations, placing just tenth on the list with barely $4 million in receipts.

Photo: Pixar