Disney’s animated film, “The Princess and The Frog,” is the number one movie in the U.S., after chalking up an estimated $25 million over the weekend. The stars of the film include Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Oprah Winfrey, and Terrence Howard.
This film is considered controversial for a number of reasons, but mainly because this is the first time the princess is African American and, by the way, the prince frog is not. So what, I say. The more diversity in the movies the better– gives a nice flavor of reality to the make believe world of filmmaking. Disney set this love story in 1930’s New Orleans and reportedly based it on the 2002 E.D. Baker novel “The Frog Princess.”
The sports drama, “The Blind Side” dropped from first to second with around $15.5 million. A new drama, “Invictus” scored third place with $9 million. It’s directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Morgan Freeman as South African Leader Nelson Mandela. In the film, Mandela uses the 1995 Rugby World Cup as a way to bring his country together after the fall of apartheid.
“The Twilight Saga” New Moon” captured fourth with $8 million. In four weeks, the romantic fantasy has raked in $267 million at the domestic Box Office. And wrapping up the top five, another Disney film, “A Christmas Carol” with around $6.9 million.