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Snow White & The Huntsman lands US top spot with $56.3 million

Snow White & The Huntsman

Story by Jack Foley

SNOW White & The Huntsman has proved a hit with global cinema-goers, raking in $95.6 world-wide and $56.3 million in the US to take top spot.

The second Snow White film of the year stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth and is directed by first-timer Rupert Sanders. It boasts a rumoured $170 million production budget.

But in what proved a winning weekend for Universal after recent disappointments with Battleship and The Five-Year Engagement the film took a healthy US opening to de-throne Men In Black 3.

The result prompted Nikki Rocco, Universal president of domestic distribution, to comment: “From the get go, the filmmakers, the cast and the studio conveyed how very unique this movie was, and that its appeal would go beyond the usual Snow White audience.”

And although the international figures were solid, at $39.3 million, they were still enough to best the international opening weekends for The Hunger Games ($38.7 million) and the first Twilight ($30 million).

Elsewhere at the international box office, Men in Black 3 took top spot by grossing a strong $78.6 million in its second week. Its world-wide total now stands at $386.9 million, while in the US, where it’s now the No. 2 film, it took a further $29.3 million.

In the UK, however, it was all about Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi with Prometheus, which took $10 million to comfortably beat Snow White ($5 million) and take the box office top spot.

The film also grossed a healthy $35 million in total from all markets it opened in, meaning that Twentieth Century Fox have a sizeable hit on their hands despite not opening in the US for another week.

The figures vindicate Fox’s decision to back Scott’s vision of creating a wider universe than originally planned with his Alien prequel.

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