'Chicken Little' flies high at U.S. box office
Reuters 10/4/05

'Chicken Little' flies high at U.S. box office

LOS ANGELES, Nov 6 (Reuters) - "Chicken Little," the first fully computer-animated movie produced by Walt Disney Co. (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , exceeded industry expectations by selling $40.1 million in tickets in North American in its first three days of release, the company said on Sunday.

Film industry observers had expected the new box office champion to pass the $30 million mark, despite scathing reviews.

The film is considered a key test of the ability of Disney, whose fortunes were built on hand-drawn cartoons such as Bambi and The Little Mermaid, to succeed in the world of computer animation without help from the blockbusters made by its production partner Pixar Animation Studios Inc (PIXR.O: Quote, Profile, Research) .

Disney's partnership with Pixar, in which it has shared box office grosses of $3.2 billion since 1995 from movies like the "Toy Story" series and "Finding Nemo," expires next year.
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