Weekend Box Office
1) The Princess and the Frog - $25 million
2) The Blind Side - $15.4 million
3) Invictus - $9 million
4) The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $8 million
5) Disney's a Christmas Carol - $6.8 million
6) Brothers - $5 million
7) 2012 - $4.4 million
8) Old Dogs - $ 4.3 million
9) Armored - $ 3.5 million
10) Ninja Assassin - $ 2.7 million
After four weeks of battling it out for the top two spots on the box office charts, Sandra Bullock's football film The Blind Side, based on the true story of NFL Offensive Lineman Michael Oher, and the Twilight sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which finally lost it's number one crown last week to the gridiron flick have finally both been bounced from the top spot by newcomer The Princess and the Frog. The Disney animated film based on the classic fairy tale is the studio's first hand-drawn animated musical in several years and had been doing quite well over the last few weeks in limited release but after adding an additional 3,432 theaters this weekend conquered the box office with an estimated $25 million earning roughly a quarter of it's budget back. However, the Sandra Bullock vehicle, The Blind Side, continued it's winning ways scoring an additional $15.4 million for a total of a whopping $150 million.
Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela biopic, Invictus, was also able to crack the top three on it's first week on the charts with an impressive $9 million. The film which is earning awards and critical acclaim left and right was in a total of 2,125 theaters this week end and made roughly $4,275 per theater. The teen-vampire juggernaut, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, also continued to take a bite out of the box office this weekend with an additional $8 million bringing the films impressive total to a little over $267 million in just four weeks. Finally, rounding out the top five and just managing to hold on to a top five spot in it's sixth week on the charts is the holiday film, Disney's a Christmas Carol, featuring Jim Carrey as Scrooge in 3D. The film, which entered the charts at number one but has been holding on to the last two spots of the top five ever since continues to draw traction as we get closer to the holidays by earning an additional $6.8 million this weekend.
In limited release, the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed director Peter Jackson, The Lovely Bones, based on the beloved book of the same name did quite well considering it was only shown in three theaters. The film, which made on average of $38,667 per theater that it was shown in, grossed a total of $116,000 over the weekend. Also doing well in limited release is Up In The Air from Juno director Jason Reitman starring George Clooney as a traveling corporate axe-man, now in it's second week at the box office. The film, which was added in roughly fifty-seven theaters this week made $34,028 per theater for a total of $2.45 million over the weekend and roughly $4 million total gross so far. Finally, fashion maven Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, which is getting rave reviews also showed impressive numbers over the weekend making $24,000 in each of the nine theaters that it was shown in for a total of $216,00 in it's first week.
Next week will see the holiday film and award season continue to heat up with the release of several highly awaited big films and Oscar contenders. One of the most anticipated films of the year and probably the decade will finally hit theaters next week as James Cameron's 3D, outer-space epic Avatar is released. Also hitting theaters next week is the theatrical version of the popular musical Nine starring Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cottilard, Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Judi Dench, as well as the royal biopic The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt as the young queen. Finally, next week will see the release of the Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker witness-protection comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans? as well. Check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.