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Box Office Review: This Princess Ain't No Frog!

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After a week in limited release, Disney's The Princess and the Frog went wide this weekend and easily topped the box-office chart ($25M | $27.8M). See Hollywood -- traditionally animated films featuring African-American characters can succeed! The still-strong The Blind Side held onto second place ($15.4M | $150.2M), well ahead of the disappointing Invictus which debuted to $9M and only a so-so per-screen average of $4,275. New Moon continues to pull in squealing teenagers and lonely old women ($8M | $267.3M) while A Christmas Carol is proving to be a sturdier performer than originally thought ($6.8M | $124.4M).

The rest of the top 10 was all holdovers: the depressing Brothers ($5M | $17.4M), the stupid 2012 ($4.4M | $155.3M), the, uh, really stupid Old Dogs ($4.3M | $39.9M), the silly Armored ($3.5M | $11.7M) and the silly but cool Ninja Assassin ($2.7M | $34.3M). In limited release, both A Single Man ($24,000 per theater) and The Lovely Bones ($38,667 per) did outstanding business. About The Lovely Bones -- talk about a movie completely losing all of its momentum as its conclusion unspooled. I was no fan of the book, but the movie had something going didn't. About A Single Man -- still too sad to see it.