1. “The Princess and the Frog,” $25 million.
2. “The Blind Side,” $15.5 million.
3. “Invictus,” $9.1 million.
4. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” $8 million.
5. “Disney’s a Christmas Carol,” $6.9 million.
6. “Brothers,” $5 million.
7. “2012,” $4.4 million.
8. “Old Dogs,” $4.39 million.
9. “Armored,” $3.5 million.
10. “Ninja Assassin,” $2.7 million.
L OS ANGELES — “The Princess and the Frog” earned a big wet kiss from family audiences as the animated musical leaped to No. 1 with $25 million in its first weekend of nationwide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Disney musical is the studio’s first hand-drawn animated tale in five years, a contrast to the computer-animated films that now dominate the cartoon world.
“I’ve always believed that when you start with great storytelling, then the format aside doesn’t mean anything,” said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney.
The movie also is a return to Disney’s reinvention of classic fairy tales, offering a 1920s New Orleans twist on the Brothers Grimm story “The Frog Prince,” following the adventures of a young woman turned into a frog by a kiss from an amphibian.
Despite its No. 1 finish, “The Princess and the Frog” drew modest crowds compared to many big animated tales, which can open with two or three times as much business. Those films typically open during the busy summer season, though, and Disney is counting on the long shelf life that many films manage during the holidays.
“The Princess and the Frog” took over at No. 1 from the inspiring sports tale “The Blind Side,” which slipped to second-place with $15.5 million. Released by Warner Bros., “The Blind Side” raised its total to $150.2 million.
A surprise box-office sensation, “The Blind Side” is on its way to a domestic total of about $230 million, said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of distribution.
“The Blind Side” chronicles the real-life story of Baltimore Ravens rookie lineman Michael Oher, who had been a homeless black teenager taken in by a wealthy white couple (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw).