'Princess' tops Friday boxoffice

Disney's animated film takes in $7.2 million

Disney's animated feature "The Princess and the Frog" hopped to an estimated $7.2 million in domestic grosses Friday -- its first day of wide release -- to top the day's boxoffice rankings.

The auspicious start to the weekend means a three-day haul of more than $30 million could be in the offing for the well-reviewed family pic. "Frog" should mark a big day-over-day uptick Saturday as hefty matinee grosses kick in and sustain its weekend momentum through Sunday.

The G-rated film totes $10.2 million in cumulative boxoffice, including two weekends of bicoastal exclusive engagements.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros.' Clint Eastwood-directed sports drama "Invictus" -- representing the weekend's lone wide opener -- rung up $2.9 million in third place on Friday. Rated PG-13, "Invictus" also has drawn solid reviews but is expected to heavily skew toward older patrons who often take longer to display support.

Warners' leggy Sandra Bullock starrer "The Blind Side" registered $4.7 million, nailing down second place among all Friday grossers. That yielded a $139.5 million cume at the start of the college-football drama's fourth domestic frame.

Two pics hitting their second weekends in theaters were stuck lower in the daily rankings.
Lionsgate's love-triangle drama "Brothers" wooed $1.6 million in sixth place in its eighth day in release, with cume reaching $14 million. And Disney's PG-rated comedy "Old Dogs" fetched $1.2 million in seventh place for a $36.8 million cume.
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