'Hannah Montana' set for a record

'Fast & Furious,' 'Monsters vs. Aliens' trail Miley Cyrus pic

Girl power flexed its muscle at the boxoffice Friday as what's shaping up as a record-setting Easter weekend got under way.

Tweeners flocked to Disney's G-rated "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which collected an estimated $17.2 million, well ahead of even the most bullish expectations.

The film spinoff of the popular Disney Channel TV series, starring Miley Cyrus in the dual role of Malibu teen/secret pop star and directed by Peter Chelsom, exploded in 3,118 theaters, and now should easily eclipse the $31.1 million opening of last year's 3-D concert movie, "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour."

With "Fast & Furious," in second place for the day, and "Monsters vs. Aliens" in third, both posting solid numbers, Warner Bros./Legendary's R-rated comedy "Observe and Report" made its debut in fourth place. The pic, starring Seth Rogen as a mall cop and directed by Jody Hill, took in $4.7 million from 2,727 theaters.

Fox's "Dragonball: Evolution," a live-action film version spun off the Japanese manga/anime franchise, had a harder time gaining a foothold. The PG-rated movie directed by James Wong, attracted $2.1 million from 2,181 theaters and ranked eighth for the day.

Meanwhile, Uni's "Fast" took in an additional $10.7 million as it began its second weekend. It will cross the $100 million mark Saturday.

DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters," beginning its third weekend, pulled in $9.1 million.

Rounding out the top five, Lionsgate's "Haunting in Connecticut," also starting its third weekend, took in an estimated $2.34 million and was running neck and neck with Summit's "Knowing," which attracted $2.33 million.
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