Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Critics slam Miley Cyrus The Last Song
Still going to be #1

(Reuters) – Critics slammed Miley Cyrus in her first movie made outside her "Hannah Montana" character as it opened in U.S. theaters on Wednesday, but "The Last Song" was still expected to perform well at box offices.

Cyrus, 17, who has said she wants to make a career in movies after five years playing Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana", was widely savaged for her performance as a surly teen sent to spend the summer with her estranged father.

Two previous Cyrus movies -- "Hannah Montana The Movie" in 2009 and 2008 concert film "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" -- both opened No.1 at North American box offices with first weekend ticket sales of more than $31 million each.

"The Last Song", released by Disney's Buena Vista, faces stiff competition this weekend against new 3-D fantasy adventure "Clash of the Titans" from Warner Bros, while DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon" is expected to play well with families for a second weekend after its $43.7 million opening.

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