'Jonas Brothers' brings in $4.8 mil Friday

3-D concert film expected to remain on top through weekend

The kids are all right -- a bit better than all right, actually, if you were to ask anybody at Disney on Saturday.

Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience" rang up $4.8 million on Friday. That was a solid start to its opening weekend and should keep the preteens magnet on track to top the domestic boxoffice through Sunday.

The Friday haul was bolstered by showtimes starting at midnight Thursday in many venues, with the concert pic playing in 1,271 auditoriums in total.

The Jonas Brothers gained their first big national exposure with musical appearances on Disney Channel and airplay on Radio Disney for their albums. It's been a public trajectory closely mimicking that of teen warbler Miley Cyrus, who enjoyed similar big screen success last February.

Disney opened Cyrus' 3-D concert film, "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds," with a first-weekend haul of $31.1 million. "Hannah" -- which refers to a character in a Disney Channel show starring Cyrus -- registered a total $65.3 million domestically.

For the Jonases, there is every reason to believe its eventual domestic cume can match that for the "Hannah" concert pic. But its opening will surely lag its 3-D predecessor considerably.

Notably, "Jonas Brothers" is scheduled to run for a month or so, whereas the "Best of Both Worlds" was scheduled as a one-week-only release and thus enjoyed a bigger must-see boost over its opening weekend. (As it turned out, the "Hannah" pic extended its run a couple of weeks after an outsized bow.)

Elsewhere on Friday, the Fox-distributed martial-arts actioner "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" grossed just $1.7 million over its first day in wide release. "Legend" was produced and financed by Hyde Park, with Fox simply on board for a distribution fee.

Fox Searchlight added several hundred playdates for its Oscar magnet "Slumdog Millionaire" and grossed $3.2 million to rank third among Friday grossers. Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail" was second with $4.5 million.

Collectively, the weekend looks like it could prove another winner for the industry. The domestic boxoffice has marked year-over-year upticks in six of seven weekends thus far this boxoffice year.
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