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‘Brave’ All The Rave At The Weekend Box Office

(Kelly Macdonald is the voice of Merida, the heroine of this Pixar animated feature.)

(Kelly Macdonald is the voice of Merida, the heroine of this Pixar animated feature.)

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By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Animation rules for a third straight weekend, but there’s a new box office champ.

Brave, the feminist fantasy set in medieval Scotland, earned an estimated $67-million in its debut for a runaway first-place finish.

That dropped the ticket-selling leader from the previous two weekends — the animated sequel, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted — to second place. But it still took in another $20-million.

Two other new live-action attractions also landed among the top ten.

The action fantasy, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, placed third with a debut total of over $16-million.

And the romantic dramedy, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, earned just under $4-million, good for tenth place.

Overall, industry-wide totals were well above those of last weekend and only slightly below those of a year ago.