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'Hannah Montana' is No. 1, thanks to the girls
'Hannah Montana' is No. 1, thanks to the girls

Girl power and Good Friday combined to propel "Hannah Montana: The Movie" to the top of the weekend box office with $34 million in ticket sales. The better-than-expected opening, along with a number of well-performing holdovers, continued the movie industry's solid box office results in 2009. So far this year, box office revenue is up 17% and attendance is up 15%, thanks to a string of strong debuts. "Outside of animated product, people never used to think we could do this well in the first three-plus months of the year," observed Universal Studios president of marketing Adam Fogelson. "Hannah Montana" is Disney's second movie based on its...

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