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Women take centre stage at the box office

They deliver three biggest Hollywood live-action openings of 2015, leaving young men far behind

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British actress Lily James in Cinderella, a costume romance aimed at mothers and girls. The film has sold a stout US$122 million in tickets in the US and Canada in just two weeks.

Los Angeles

HEADING into the all-important summer movie-going season, two converging box-office trends are startling studios: Women are driving ticket sales to a degree rarely, if ever, seen before, while young men - long Hollywood's most coveted audience - are relatively AWOL.