Disney’s Cinderella has topped the US box office on its opening weekend.
The new live-action adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James and Richard Madden, earned $70.1 million over the weekend.
The success of Cinderella replicates that of previous Disney live-action films including Maleficent.
Liam Neeson saw his star falter with Run All Night making just $11 million.
Cinderella follows the box office lead of Into the Woods, based on the Stephen Sondheim musical, which made more than $173 million worldwide to date.
Live action Disney adaptations of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo are all on the way.
A sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is also due to be released in 2016.
This year will also see Disney releases The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Elsewhere in the box office chart, last week’s top film, the South African sci-fi thriller Chappie from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, dropped to fifth with $5.8 million.
Kingsman: The Secret Service and Focus rounded out the top five.
North American box office Top 5:
- Cinderella – $70.1 million
- Run All Night – $11 million
- Kingsman: The Secret Service – $6.2 million
- Focus – $5.8 million
- Chappie – $5,8 million [youtube 20DF6U1HcGQ 650]