There's no scientific proof that kissing a frog can turn the creature into a prince, but the exchange of cold-hard cash for theater admission can certainly turn a frog-centric film into a royal hit. Such was the case with "The Princess and the Frog," Disney's animated picture that easily won first place at the box office this past weekend.
Although "The Princess and the Frog" has been in theaters for three weeks, this weekend marked the first wide-release engagement for Disney's return to hand-drawn animation. As such, "Princess" secured a $25 million weekend gross, which combines with previous sales for a cumulative domestic total of $27.9 million.
While Disney's animated movie topped the box office, the weekend's only pure wide-release newcomer, "Invictus," could only muster a third place performance, despite the moviegoing plans of Movies Blog readers and the involvement of Oscar-winning talents Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
The continued battle between "The Blind Side" and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" entered a new phase this weekend as Sandra Bullock's second place football drama staked Edward and Bella's supernatural romance flick firmly into the box office's fourth place slot. Of course, Twilighters have nothing to fear — Robert Pattinson and Summit Entertainment's other benefactors have already enjoyed record-smashing success, and are likely to achieve similar status when "Eclipse" comes out in June.
Fifth place went to "A Christmas Carol," the Jim Carrey-starring motion-capture feature that's maintained solid footing in the box office's elite rankings thanks to the approaching holiday season.
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