Old School Animation Wins BO Battle

The Princess and the Frog tops the box office as female audiences continue to flex their muscle at the nation's box office. The Disney return to old-school hand-drawn animation took in $25 million in its first weekend of release.

The Princess and the Frog is number oneWith Twilight fever fading and Disney films a sure-fire winner for families, The Princess and the Frog was able to topple the competition. Plus, audiences seeking the classic Disney animation of old found a perfect instant classic in The Princess and the Frog.

Whereas Up, many consider a contender for a Best Picture nomination from Oscar, was completely created on computer, The Princess and the Frog took years of painstaking hand-drawn animation.

The Princess and the Frog is filled with all the elements that make a fantastic Disney film. A princess we adore, a prince audiences hope will find his way to said princess, and a soundtrack packed with the most catchy and emotionally charged music Disney has produced in years.

Whether the success of The Princess and the Frog's first weekend box office number produces more hand-drawn animated movies is frankly, unlikely. Disney in their effort to launch their first African-American princess on film knew they had to make the film an event.

In this day and age of computer animation, with its quicker creation time and thus cheaper production costs, it's hard to believe other studios -- who live by the bottom line -- will try to replicate what Disney achieved with The Princess and the Frog.

But, for Disney as they branch out into new storylines involving other cultural communities in America, their days of hand-drawing films is far from over. They were, and always will be, the best and The Princess and the Frog proves it.

Meanwhile, the rest of the box office chart showed Sandra Bullock's incredible success with The Blind Side continuing as the box office smash added another $15.5 million to its already impressive tally of $150 million to come in second.

Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, besides speaking to SheKnows this week in our interview, also had another reason to cheer as their Clint Eastwood-directed Invictus took third place at the box office with a $9.1 million. Invictus is getting serious Oscar buzz and look for the film to perform as the other Warner Brothers film has -- The Blind Side -- and build buzz and box office as the week's progress through the holiday movie season.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is finally showing signs of slowing its box office success as it slipped to fourth place. New Moon earned $8.0 million to bring its US total to $246 million.

Women are ruling the box office roost of late as New Moon began the trend a month ago with it's record-setting box office first weekend, followed by a similarly huge second weekend. Meanwhile, Bullock's The Blind Side was neck and neck with the vampire love story and emerged as the third week of release box office champ. Now, with the success of The Princess and The Frog, the youngest women of the audience have made their voices heard.

How things shake out next week is still up for debate. Although a children's story, Avatar arrives December 18 seriously shake things up with wide-audience appeal. With Avatar as James Cameron's first film since Titanic, look for all the December 11 top 10 films to take a dip next week as the King of the World returns to claim his throne atop the modern box office.

The box office top 10

1. The Princess and the Frog, $25 million
2. The Blind Side, $15.5 million
3. Invictus, $9.1 million
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $8 million
5. Disney's a Christmas Carol, $6.9 million
6. Brothers, $5 million
7. 2012, $4.4 million
8. Old Dogs, $4.39 million
9. Armored, $3.5 million
10. Ninja Assassin, $2.7 million

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Pat December 23, 2009 | 10:21 PM

If you don't see another movie this year, see "The Blind Side." I remember seeing "Rocky", and while both movies share a theme of athletes struggling, they are alike only the wonderful feeling you have when you leave the theater. The movie has nice people..doing good things for a fantastic guy..who seizes the opportunity and becomes a huge star in football...it the Movie Hollywood has refused to make for at least fifteen years. How did this gem slip by? Can you imagine leaving a movie..feeling good about the people in this world? That is a sea change from the ordinary movie Hollywood churns out..full of explict , inane dialogue, plots that are not nearly as scary as the stuff happening in real life. See this movie. There are great people in this world. And the story is true! It happened!

jwt December 13, 2009 | 6:55 PM

DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE! The ad I saw showed a croc and a frog, I thought the princes was a crocodile Instead it was a ….black woman, false advertising And the prince is ….arabic or muslim This is Obama multi ethnic brainwashing again to innocent KIDS now i'm scared my kid will rememeber the movie Dont go back home like a loser with a bad taste in your mouth, ask your money back like me

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