Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ Debuts with $70.1 Million at Box Office

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“Let It Go” may be Walt Disney’s anthem these days, but “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” might be the more accurate theme song for the Disney juggernaut.

Disney’s recent streak continued over the weekend with the $70.1 million North American debut of its traditional, sumptuously costumed fairy tale adaptation “Cinderella,” according to studio estimates Sunday. Interest in the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James of “Downton Abbey”, was boosted by a “Frozen” short, “Frozen Fever,” that played before the feature.

Disney’s box-office surge has been propelled partly by the so-called “halo effect” of “Frozen,” a sequel to which Disney announced last week. But it’s also been driven by the appeal of seeing Disney cartoon classics turned into live-action fantasies. “Cinderella” follows previous live-action hits like “Maleficent” (whose May 2014 debut of $69.4 million “Cinderella” narrowly bested) and “Alice in Wonderland.”

The holiday release “Into the Woods,” from the Stephen Sondheim musical, added to the live-action trend, and many more are on the way. “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Dumbo” are all coming in live action, as is a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland.”

Disney has also found big profits in capitalizing on female moviegoers, who made up the largest chunk of “Frozen” and “Malificent” fans. The audience for “Cinderella” was 66 percent female, Disney said.

“There is seemingly a lot of appetite for these stories to be told, I think, in part because many of them have a female protagonist and we’ve seen there’s significant box-office success that can come by featuring female-driven stories,” said Dave Hollis, head of distribution at Disney.

“`Frozen Fever” was certainly part of why we’re seeing the kind of success that we did this weekend,” Hollis said. “In and of itself, `Cinderella’ is absolutely a great, stand-alone experience. But it ends up being a one-plus-one-equals-three thing for the consumer.”

The success of “Cinderella,” which cost about $95 million to make, was international. It made $62.4 million overseas, including $25 million in China. Disney could also celebrate “Big Hero 6” becoming the top-grossing worldwide animated release of 2014; the Oscar-winner has made $633 million globally.

With Disney’s high-priced but lucrative ownership of Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar, the studio will be flexing its strength throughout 2015 with releases like “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Inside Out” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“Disney is just a well-oiled machine that is firing on all cylinders right now,” says Paul Dergarbedian, senior media analyst for box-office data firm Rentrak. “It’s about this Disney umbrella which encompasses these incredible crown jewel brands they have. `Cinderella’ is just the latest example.”

While Disney was flexing its might, the powers of another box-office force, Liam Neeson, were checked. Neeson’s latest thriller, “Run All Night,” a New York crime saga co-starring Ed Harris, opened with $11 million for Warner Bros.

The film’s poor performance marks the weakest debut for the “Taken” star as an action film lead. Dergarbedian noted Neeson’s appeal is strongest in PG-13 rated films (all three “Taken” films, “Non-Stop”), while weaker in R-rated releases like “Run All Night” and last year’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.”

Last week’s top film, the sci-fi thriller “Chappie,” from “District 9” director Neil Blomkamp, slid to fifth with $5.8 million for Sony Pictures.

In limited release, the critically acclaimed independent horror film “It Follows” earned a robust $163,000 on just four screens.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Cinderella,” $70.1 million ($62.4 million international).

2. “Run All Night,” $11 million.

3. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $6.2 million.

4. “Focus,” $5.8 million.

5. “Chappie,” $5.8 million.

6. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $5.7 million.

7. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” $4.1 million.

8. “McFarland, USA,” $3.7 million.

9. “American Sniper,” $2.9 million.

10. “The DUFF,” $2.9 million.

Walt Disney Records Presents The Cinderella Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available March 10

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Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinderellaon March 10, 2015. The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford. The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.

Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.”  The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe®-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

Doyle has scored over 50 international feature films, including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Gosford Park,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Indochine,” “Carlito’s Way” and “A Little Princess.” His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, including Regis WargnierBrian De Palma, Alfonso Cuarón, Ang LeeChen KaigeMike Newell and Robert Altman.

In addition to the score, the soundtrack also includes end credit tracks by Lily James (“Cinderella”) and Helena Bonham Carter (“Fairy Godmother”), plus the end credit original theme song “Strong” (written by Patrick DoyleKenneth Branagh and Tommy Danvers) performed by Compound/Motown recording artist Sonna Rele and produced by TommyD (Kylie, Kanye WestCorinne Bailey Rae, FUN). Sonna, the London born singer-songwriter, was discovered by multi Grammy®-Award winning singer-songwriter/ actor NE-YO and chosen by Kenneth Branagh to record “Strong.”  The album was produced by Patrick Doyle and executive produced by Kenneth Branagh.

Cinderella track list follows:

  1. “A Golden Childhood”
  2. “The Great Secret”
  3. “A New Family”
  4. “Life and Laughter”
  5. “The First Branch”
  6. “Nice and Airy”
  7. “Orphaned”
  8. “The Stag”
  9. “Rich Beyond Reason”
  10. “Fairy Godmother”
  11. “Pumpkins and Mice”
  12. “You Shall Go”
  13. “Valse Royale”
  14. “Who Is She”                                  
  15. “La Valse de L’Amour ”                         
  16. “La Valse Champagne”
  17. “La Polka Militaire”                          
  18. “La Polka de Paris”                          
  19. “A Secret Garden”
  20. “La Polka de Minuit”
  21. “Choose That One”
  22. “Pumpkin Pursuit”
  23. “The Slipper”
  24. “Shattered Dreams”
  25. “Searching the Kingdom”
  26. “Ella and Kit”
  27. “Courage and Kindness”
  28. “Strong” Performed by Sonna Rele
  29. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” Performed by Lily James
  30. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (The Magic Song) Performed by Helena Bonham Carter

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”

When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress.

Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

The Cinderella original motion picture soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on March 10, 2015. The album is now available for pre-order at iTunes http://smarturl.it/cnsa1 and Amazon http://smarturl.it/cnsama1. The physical CD will include an insert to download a new original song performed by Idina MenzelKristen Bell and Cast from the short “Frozen Fever.”  The animated short will be shown in front of “Cinderella” and includes the new song written by Oscar and Grammy-winning composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

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One Lucky Winner will Stay in The Cinderella Castle Suite

Cinderella Suite

The Cinderella Castle Suite is a landmark to Walt Disney World and a picturesque background for most park visitors. But have you ever wondered what’s inside the castle? You may have the chance to find out.

Disney is holding a sweepstakes for the upcoming “Cinderella” movie hitting theaters March 13.

The winner of the Sweepstakes is in for a magical stay, not only in the Princess’s Castle, but also a three-night stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.

The clock inside the castle never strikes midnight and it seems like these prizes don’t either. The winner’s vacation will also include a five-day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper, including the water parks. And the aspiring princesses will be sure to look just like one with a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

The prize package also comes with a $500 gift card and more prizes along the way.

Guests have until March 27, just before midnight at 11:59 p.m. to enter the sweepstakes. To enter to win, click here. 

‘Cinderella’ Coach & Movie Preview Opens Next Week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be hosting a preview of the upcoming ‘Cinderella’ movie at the ABC Sound Studio.

The sneak peek of the ‘Cinderella’ movie will begin on January 17th, and will play through March 21st. The golden coach from the movie will also be on display on the Streets of America from February 1st to April 11th for up-close photo opportunites.

‘Cinderella’ opens in theaters on March 13th.

New Short Frozen Fever to Open in Theaters in Front of Cinderella

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short Frozen Fever, which welcomes Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf back to the big screen, will open in theaters on March 13, 2015, in front of Disney’s Cinderella, a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale.

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and produced by Peter Del Vecho and Aimee Scribner, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen Fever marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.”

In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

Walt Disney Studios Introduces Cinderella

Cinderella Movie Slipper

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”

She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Walt Disney Records Announces The Legacy Collection

The Legacy Collection

Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including Pinocchio (75th), Fantasia (75th), Cinderella (65th), Lady and the Tramp(60th), Sleeping Beauty (55th), Mary Poppins (50th), The Lion King (20th), and Toy Story (20th), among others.

Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will get a chance to hear some of the music before it’s released during the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration roadshow, which will tour the country later this year, and D23 Members have the opportunity to purchase the complete collection with a special set of exclusive prints at a special price.

To honor these musical landmarks, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will feature the beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music. Each album will feature newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (TangledWinnie the PoohWreck-It Ralph). The illustrations, inspired by the original properties, will celebrate Disney’s rich heritage and create a unified look for the entire collection.

The 2014 release schedule for Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection follows:
• The Lion King, June 24, 2014
• Mary Poppins, August 26, 2014
• Sleeping Beauty, October 7, 2014
• The Little Mermaid, November 17, 2014

The 2015 release schedule for Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection follows:
• Fantasia, January 3, 2015
• Pinocchio, February 3, 2015
• Toy Story, March 17, 2015
• Disneyland, April 7, 2015 
• Lady and the Tramp, May 12, 2015
• Pocahontas, June 23, 2015 
• The Aristocats, August 14, 2015
• Cinderella, August 14, 2015

The first release in the series is The Lion King, a two-disc set featuring the original motion picture soundtrack, 30 minutes of previously unreleased score, plus liner notes by Don Hahn (producer) and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Track list follows:

Disc One
1. “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama” Performed by Carmen Twillie, African Vocals Performed by Lebo
2. “Didn’t Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food” Score
3. “We Are All Connected” Score
4. “Hyenas in the Pride Land” Score
5. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Jason Weaver with Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams
6. “Elephant Graveyard” Score
7. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score
8. “Be Prepared” Performed by Jeremy Irons with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings
9. “Simba, It’s to Die For” Score
10. “Stampede” Score
11. “Mufasa Dies” Score
12. “If You Ever Come Back We’ll Kill You” Score
13. “Bowling for Buzzards” Score
14. “Hakuna Matata” Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella with Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams
15. “We Gotta Bone to Pick With You” Score
16. “Kings of the Past” Score
17. “Nala, Is It Really You?” Score
18. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Performed by Joseph Williams and Sally Dworsky with Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Kristle Edwards
19. “Remember Who You Are” Score
20. “This Is My Home” Score
21. “The Rightful King” Score

Disc Two
1. “The Morning Report” Performed by James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo
2. “Warthog Rhapsody” Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
3. “We Are All Connected” Score Demo
4. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score Demo
5. “Stampede” Score Demo
6. “Mufasa Dies” Score Demo
7. “This Is My Home” Score Demo
8. “The Rightful King” Score Demo
9. “Circle of Life” Instrumental Demo
10. “Circle of Life” Performed by Elton John
11. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Elton John
12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (End Title) Performed by Elton John

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