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The R-rated “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” was a clever idea _ the 16th U.S. president waging his own civil war against the blood-suckers of the republic. But critics were unimpressed, and action fans had only a passing interest in the movie, which featured relative unknown Benjamin Walker as Lincoln.

Still, it was made for $69 million, a modest budget for a summer action movie, and 20th Century Fox had hopes it would hold up well over the next week or so before “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” swoop in to take over cinemas in July.

“It’s actually a good start for this movie,” said Chris Aronson, the studio’s head of distribution. “This is an interesting and untested genre that I think audiences are going to continue to seek out. Mash-ups have been done, but the historical mash-up has not been done.”

Estimated ticket sales were for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Brave,” $66.7 million ($13.5 million international).

2. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” $20.2 million ($30.1 million international).

3. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” $16.5 million ($8.1 million international).

4. “Prometheus,” $10 million ($12.7 million international).

5. “Snow White & the Huntsman,” $8.01 million ($22.6 million international).

6. “Rock of Ages,” $8 million ($2.9 million international).

7. “That’s My Boy,” $7.9 million ($900,000 international).

8. “The Avengers,” $7 million ($2.3 million international).

9. “Men in Black 3,” $5.6 million ($10.5 million international).

10. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” $3.8 million.

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