"Snow White and the Huntman" tops box office with $56.3M

Kristen Stewart in "Snow White & the Huntsman."
Universal Pictures
(CBS/AP) "Snow White & the Huntsman" turned out to be a fairer box-office beauty than Hollywood anticipated.

According to studio estimates, the film debuted at No. 1 with $56.3 million domestically. That's about $20 million higher than industry expectations.

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Without the built-in business that generally goes with a sequel, "Snow White" was a question mark as a draw for young males who typically make up most of the action crowd. The movie wound up drawing a fairly even audience, with female fans accounting for 53 percent of viewers.

Overseas, "Snow White" added $39.3 million in 45 markets, putting the worldwide total at $95.6 million for the movie that stars Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

"Snow White" bumped Sony's "Men in Black 3" from the top spot and into second-place with $29.3 million.

Disney's superhero sensation "The Avengers" remained strong at No. 3 with $20.3 million, lifting its domestic total to $552.7 million. "The Avengers" climbed past "The Dark Knight" at $533.3 million to become No. 3 all-time on the domestic revenue chart, behind "Avatar" at $760.5 million and "Titanic" at $658.5 million.

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