Box Office: Brave Slays Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

The Pixar film steals first place from Madagascar 3.

Posted: 06/25/2012 09:00 AM EDT

(Photo: Courtesy Disney/Pixar)

This week's box-office numbers are good news for Pixar — and anyone who loves metaphors. With $66.7 million, Brave hit a bullseye and easily snagged first place, while the weekend's other new entry, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, lacked bite.

The revisionist-history genre epic starring Anthony Mackie bagged only $16.5 million and third place. That's still above studio estimates, who only held out hope the film would make $15 million, but disappointed those who have been waiting for Mackie to finally be crowned the next Will Smith.

Brave enjoyed the distinction of being Pixar's fifth-highest-grossing debut in its history and continued its unblemished record of first place openings. The animated epic about a bow-wielding princess easily knocked Madagascar 3 out of the No. 1 spot, though that family film, voiced by Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, tenaciously held on to second place.

Next week, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection goes up against female fantasy film Magic Mike, quirky comedy Ted and Sundance favorite drama Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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