"Hannah Montana" wins box office Super Bowl
By Bob Tourtellotte
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney's 3-D movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" topped movie box offices, raking in $29 million for the biggest opening over a normally slow Super Bowl weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
With professional football's championship game dominating the entertainment landscape, the 3-D movie of Cyrus' (aka Hannah Montana) 2007 singing tour brought teenage girls streaming into theaters with their parents, said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group.
"We're looking at this and realizing we made a little piece of movie history," Zoradi said. "This has been a family movie, and we've had lots of parents exiting theaters saying, 'thank you because we couldn't get into any of her concerts."'
Supernatural thriller "The Eye," starring Jessica Alba, took the No. 2 slot at U.S. and Canadian box offices with a $13 million weekend. The No. 3 movie was romantic comedy "27 Dresses" with $8.4 million, according to industry tracker Media By Numbers.
Rounding out the top five were teen pregnancy comedy "Juno" at No. 4 with a weekend haul of $7.5 million, bringing its total ticket sales to $110 million. In the No. 5 position was last week's champ, action adventure "Meet the Spartans," with $7.1 million for the weekend and $28 million overall.
HANNAH'S HUGE HIT
Cyrus, the teenage daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, portrays the title character of Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel cable TV program of the same name. Hannah leads a typical teenage life by day, but has a secret singing career on weekends. The show is a hit with young viewers.
The concert movie's No. 1 performance was even more important in Hollywood for several reasons. Continued...