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Monday, April 13, 2009

'Hannah Montana' Tops Box Office With Record-Breaking Haul

Miley Cyrus' movie has highest opening ever for a G-rated, live-action film.

By Elisabeth Rappe

Apr 13, 2009

Easter weekend proved to be one for the girls, as Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana: The Movie" sang its way to the top spot with a debut of $34 million. Disney was unsure the pop star would be able to top her theatrical debut in "Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour," which brought in an astonishing $31.1 million in only 683 theaters. Not only were those numbers easily beaten, but "Hannah Montana" now has the highest-grossing opening day for a G-rated, live-action movie in film history, and it ranks second among Easter-weekend debuts.

"Hannah Montana" wasn't the only one to break a record, as this Easter weekend was the highest-grossing to date, bringing in a total of $137 million. Helping with that number was last week's record-setter "Fast & Furious," which raked in another $28.8 million. While it dropped to #2, the film has had enough fuel to earn it a box-office total of $118 million in just 10 days. 

"Monsters vs. Aliens" dropped to #3 in its third week but held strong over the holiday with another $22.6 million and a monstrous box-office total of $141 million. Despite a heavy advertising campaign, "Observe and Report" didn't have a very heroic debut, clocking in at #4 with $11.1 million. Seth Rogen's dark comedy had a slightly better debut than his last headlining role in "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," but still not enough to topple monsters, aliens or Vin Diesel.

But Rogen's mall cop had a better debut than Son Goku, as "Dragonball Evolution" fell short of the top five. The anime adaptation came in at a weak #8 with only $4.7 million and will probably do better overseas, where it's already brought in $25 million. Instead, #5 belonged to "Knowing," which hung on against all newcomers for another $6.7 million, bringing its take to $68 million.

The weekend's top-grossing films are: 

1. Hannah Montana: The Movie, $34 million 

2. Fast & Furious, $28.8 million 

3. Monsters vs. Aliens, $22.6 million 

4. Observe and Report, $11.1 million 

5. Knowing, $6.7 million 

6. I Love You, Man, $6.4 million 

7. The Haunting in Connecticut, $5.7 million 

8. Dragonball: Evolution, $4.7 million 

9. Adventureland, $3.4 million 

10. Duplicity, $3 million


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