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Cinderella has fairytale start at the box office

Cinderella has worked her magic on the nation's box office thanks to a $70.1 million opening weekend haul.

Kenneth Branagh's live-action take on the fairytale, starring Lily James and Richard Madden, waltzed to the top of the American film charts, grossing almost $60 million more than second-placed Run All Night, Liam Neeson's latest thriller.

Kingsman: The Secret Service made it five weeks in the top three at three, while Will Smith's Focus and Neill Blomkamp's Chappie round out the new top five.