Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ debuts at No. 1 with $70.1M

This image released by Disney shows Lily James as Cinderella in Disney's live-action feature film inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella." (AP Photo/Disney, Jonathan Olley)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Cinderella” is the belle of the box office, where Disney’s live-action fairy tale debuted with $70.1 million over the weekend at North American theaters, according to studio estimates.

The box office-topping opening added to a string of recent live-action successes for Disney like “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

The Liam Neeson, Ed Harris thriller “Run All Night” was a distant No. 2, opening with $11 million. That’s the weakest debut for Neeson as an action film star.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was No. 3 with $6.2 million.

Last week’s top film, the sci-fi thriller “Chappie,” slid to fifth, just behind “Focus.”

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