Big US box office kiss for Disney's 'Frog Princess'

LOS ANGELES- Disney's groundbreaking "The Princess and the Frog," which features the hit-making studio's first African-American animated heroine, topped the weekend North American box office, according to final industry figures Monday.
The fairytale set in 1920s New Orleans tells the story of a hardworking waitress who tries to help a frog become a prince again with a kiss, but in the process is herself transformed into a frog, before the story arrives at its happily-ever-after conclusion.

Big US box office kiss for Disney's 'Frog Princess'
It earned just over 24 million dollars at the weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations.
In second place was "The Blind Side," a drama about a white couple who give an illiterate black teen a home and a new lease on life. The film scored 15.5 million dollars in its fourth week of release.
In third place, with 8.6 million dollars in ticket sales, was the debut of "Invictus" starring veteran actor Morgan Freeman in the role of Nelson Mandela, in the Hollywood movie about how the then-president of South Africa challenged the country's rugby team to win the 1995 World Cup.
Fourth place went to "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the vampire romance sequel adapted from Stephenie Meyer's phenomenally successful books, with eight million dollars.
In four weeks the sequel has amassed a total of 267 million dollars in ticket sales, and according to the tracker site Box Office Mojo has taken in over half a billion dollars for its worldwide take.
"Disney's A Christmas Carol," starring wacky comedy hero Jim Carrey claimed fifth place with earnings of 6.8 million dollars, and over 124 million dollars for its six-week run.
The sixth spot went to "Brothers," a melodrama starring "Spider-Man" Tobey Maguire about the impact of the Afghanistan war on a conflicted US family, which earned five million dollars in second week of release.
"Old Dogs," a Disney film starring John Travolta and Robin Williams, earned just over 4.4 million dollar for seventh place, while just behind at eighth was the special effects-laden, apocalyptic "2012," which earned 4.3 million dollars in its fifth week.
Ninth place went to "Armored," an action packed flick about security guards who pull off a heist of their own armored truck, with 3.5 million dollars in receipts.
Martial arts extravaganza "Ninja Assassin" took the tenth spot with 2.7 million dollars.

Tuesday, December 15th 2009

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