Disney’s offerings at the movies garnered only so-so numbers for this past weekend, but still managed to have three features in the top 10 according to preliminary reports.
Coming in at number one was the nationwide debut of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. It enjoyed an extremely limited release two weeks ago, but this weekend marked its wide-scale availability on over 3,400 screens. Taking in an estimated $25 million, the hand-drawn animated feature easily took first place, with the number two movie only taking in $15.5 million.
Still, it was a weak opening for a highly publicized film. The Disney-Pixar film had an astonishing $68 million opening in May, leaving many to wonder if Princess just isn’t up to the challenge, or if the movie-going public has other holiday things to do rather than sit in a theater.
Disney’s A Christmas Carol featuring Jim Carrey took in a solid $6.8 million placing it at number five for the weekend. The Dicken’s tale has been out for six weeks now with its total gross approaching $125 million. Disney, no doubt, is banking on it holding on some more, at least through the Christmas season.
Closing out Disney’s roster in the top 10 was Old Dogs, which came in at number 8. The film which stars John Travolta and Robin Williams as single fifty-somethings who suddenly get straddled with two 7-year olds opened three weeks ago. It grabbed $4.4 million this weekend bringing its total to almost $40 million.
With no new offerings from the mouse coming out the rest of the year, it is up to these three movies to give Disney a solid start for 2010. Time will tell.