Box Office Results: 2-D animation still sells with ‘Princess and the Frog’

Studio Estimates for Dec. 11-13:

1.  The Princess and the Frog – $25 million
2.  The Blind Side – $15.5 million
3.  Invictus – $9.1 million
4.  New Moon – $8 million
5.  A Christmas Carol – $6.9 million

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Disney took advantage of a relatively weak box office showing this weekend as The Princess and the Frog topped the weekend grossing $25 million.  It’s not the grand box office opening that other animated features received, but as a traditional 2-D animation in December, expect this film to rely on lasting power to up its total gross rather than the first weekend explosion many bigger blockbusters go through.

As we find ourselves in the middle of awards season, Sandra Bullock and The Blind Side are continuing its impressive run, grossing $15.5 million this weekend with Oscar buzz for Bullock stronger than ever (she was on the cover of EW).  I still haven’t seen the film yet, but I cannot completely buy into the idea of The Blind Side and Sandra Bullock being serious contenders for the Academy Awards.  If they keep this momentum up though, it’ll be pretty hard to ignore their accomplishments.

Speaking of awards season, veterans Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman and their film Invictus landed the third spot in the Top 5 with $9.1 million this weekend.  Also starring Matt Damon, this fairly strong result just shows how these all-stars can pull their weight in December. 

Rounding out the Top 5 was New Moon with $8 million and A Christmas Carol with $6.9 million. 

As for our predictions, both Sheehan and I were able to correctly predict four of the Top 5.  We both included Brothers in the fifth spot, but the drama only grossed $5 million.  The two of us did fairly well with our predictions, but I edged him out with my gross estimates. 

Check back for our new predictions on Friday when two new releases hit the theaters nationwide.  First, the romantic comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker.  And then the much anticipated sci-fi film, Avatar, that has been said will transcend the 3-D technology for films.

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