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UPDATED: "Chicken Little" Rules the Box Office Roost

Disney’s CGI-animated feature film Chicken Little grossed an estimated $40.1 million in its first 3 days of domestic release, making it the top film over the weekend. Coverage in the Los Angeles Times noted that this take is comparable to DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Shark Tale (which grossed $47.6 and $47.2 million, respectively) and is the highest opening weekend gross for any animated Disney film since Lilo & Stitch, but still fell short of the $70.5 million opening gate for Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Market sources note that Disney stocks received a boost in response to the news, while both Pixar and Dreamworks showed losses.

UPDATE: The Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing refers to a report by Jim Hill Media comparing Chicken Little‘s per screen totals to other animated hit movies. The same news report also refers to a story in the Wall Street Journal that Disney’s upcoming animated films have been delayed.

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