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Sorry, hands. CGI is still king.
The old-fashioned Princess and the Frog grossed an old-fashioned $25 million Friday-Sunday, per estimates, a take more line with Disney's last, decade-old princess movie than its last computer-literate Pixar production.
Still, Princess rallied as the weekend rolled on, and reigned in the box-office standings, unseating Sandra Bullock's still-strong The Blind Side ($15.5 million), and blocking the Clint Eastwood-Matt Damon rugby-powered drama, Invictus ($9.1 million).
• Princess and the Frog did what it was expected to do, and, given its okay, $7 million Friday, even more. The overall gross, however, was more Mulan ($22.7 million—back in 1998) than Up ($68.1 million last May), or even the CGI-live-action hybrid, G-Force ($31.7 million last July).
• The Blind Side, last weekend's champ, fell to No. 1, but basically held ground in ticket sales. After four weekends, the Bullock drama has taken in $150.2 million.
• New Moon slid two places, from second to fourth, and continued to see Twilight fever cool. Still, the monster love story is now the fifth highest-grossing movie of the year, and, at $267.4 million overall and counting, it should overtake The Hangover for fourth place.
• You don't quibble over Eastwood's box-office stats (his smallest wide-release opening since Blood Work, etc.). You stand there in awe that he keeps putting up box-office stats worth quibbling over. And you point out that the $60 million movie is probably going to play on through Oscar season, Damon's short shorts or no.
• It looks like Brothers ($5 million, down nearly 50 percent from last weekend; $17.4 million overall) won't be the next first smash war hit of the war-torn 2000s.
• In the battle of the Oscar-buzz movies, Jackson's The Lovely Bones grossed $116,000 at three theaters, while the Mad Men-evoking A Single Man made $216,328 at nine theaters. The final score: Bones, which got buzz-killing reviews, actually, unlike A Single Man, made more money, per theater, than any film reporting grosses.
• In its third weekend, Zac Efron's Me and Orson Welles ($176,192) got nowhere near the Top 10, despite playing at only eight fewer theaters than Up in the Air.
• The Princess and the Frog would like to point out that, CGI or no, Planet 51 (2.3 million) was bounced from the Top 10 after three weekends, and after only $37.2 million overall.
• Also out of the Top 10, and after just one weekend: Robert De Niro's Everybody's Fine ($2.2 million; $7.4 million overall).
Here's a look at the weekend's top-grossing films based on Friday-Sunday estimates as compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
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