‘Cat in Paris’ Stakes Limited Release; ‘Snow’ Hunts Wide

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A live-action Snow White makes a big push at the box office this weekend, while an Oscar-nominated animated feature from France gets a limited release.

Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, is by far the biggest release of the week. The live-action visual-effects spectacle opens in more than 3,700 theaters. It features effects work from Rhythm & Hues, Double Negative, The Mill, Pixomondo, Legacy Effects, Hydraulx, Baseblack, Blue Bolt and Lola VFX.

Meanwhile, GKIDS releases A Cat in Paris — nominated last year for a best animated feature Oscar — in five theaters: The Angelika Film Center and AMC Empire 25 in New York; the Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles; the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco; the Landmark Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Calif.; and the Landmark Ken Cinema in San Diego.

Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, the film is about a cat that leads a double life as the pet of a detective’s daughter by day and a slinky cat burglar by night.  The film will be released in New York in both the original Oscar-nominated French version and a new English version featuring the voices of Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

Both will go up against a heavy-hitting slate of recent blockbusters, including Men in Black 3 and Marvel’s Avengers.