Disney’s animated “The Princess and the Frog” hopped over feel-good football film “The Blind Side,” to take the top spot in North American box office sales in its first weekend in wide release.
The family-friendly Disney movie drew $25 million in ticket sales. It tells the tale of a woman turned into a frog after a kiss and marks a return for the studio to hand-drawn animation.
The second place football film had a take of $15.5 million.
The No. 3 movie was Clint Eastwood’s Nelson Mandela drama “Invictus,” which brought in $9.1 million.
“This film has Oscar potential written all over it and should maintain solid grosses week after week,” Paul Dergarabedian, head of Hollywood.com’s box office tracking division, said in a statement.
Vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” dropped two slots to No. 4 with $8 million in ticket sales for a cumulative total of $267.4 million.
“Brothers,” a drama about soldiers returning home from war, took sixth place with $5 million.