Weekly Anticipation Index: 'The Princess and the Frog' and 'Invictus'

Featured Stories - on October 17, 2009 by Phil Contrino

A new animated film from Disney and a drama from Clint Eastwood will try to rake in some cash this December.


This week, we've added two new films to the Anticipation Index. The Princess and the Frog and Invictus will both go wide on December 11.

The Princess and the Frog in one of three major Disney releases this fall. The Mouse House will also put out A Christmas Carol on November 6 and Old Dogs on November 25. The animated flick represents a minor gamble for Disney, considering that it marks a return to traditional animation. Younger moviegoers who were raised on computer-animated flick may not respond immediately to The Princess and the Frog. Still, if any studio can make traditional animation commercially viable again it's Disney.

Invictus marks Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort. Gran Torino proved that audiences have developed a strong allegiance to Eastwood's work, and the fact that Invictus stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon will only add to that allegiance. Oscar buzz is sure to follow the Warner Bros. as well, which means that it could quickly become one of the season's must-see films.

Check out our predictions for these new movies as well as others in the table below.

Weekly Anticipation Index, October 17, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Saw VI October 23 Lionsgate $26M $50M
Astro Boy October 23 Summit $17M $52M
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant October 23 Universal $10M $30M
Michael Jackson's This Is It October 28 Sony $50M $125M
Disney's A Christmas Carol November 6 Disney $50M $175M
The Box November 6 Warner Bros. $15M $40M
The Fourth Kind November 6 Universal $13M $35M
The Men Who Stare at Goats November 6 Overture $11M $40M
2012 November 13 Sony $64M $165M
The Twilight Saga: New Moon November 20 Summit $95M $250M
Planet 51 November 20 Sony $16M $50M
The Blind Side November 20 Warner Bros. $12M $38M
Old Dogs November 25 Disney $24M $85M
Fantastic Mr. Fox November 25 Fox $20M $65M
The Road November 25 The Weinstein Company $11M $32M
Everybody's Fine December 4 Miramax $13M $40M
Armored December 4 Screen Gems $11M $30M
Brothers December 4 Lionsgate $10M $28M
The Princess and the Frog December 11 Disney $22M $110M
Invictus December 11 Warner Bros. $16M $70M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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