Box Office Numbers: Meet The Robinsons retains 2nd place

In a weekend where none of new films was able to draw an audience "Blades of Glory" and "Meet The Robinsons" retained their spots atop the charts. Each with about a 30% drop in audience, which isn’t all that bad. The estimated additional $17 million earned by "Meet The Robinsons" brings the total up to $52 million. Probably not the pace Walt Disney Studios wanted to see, but it could have been worse. (via Box Office Mojo)

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One thought on “Box Office Numbers: Meet The Robinsons retains 2nd place

  1. Mikey Poluzny

    http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/070409/31774_id.html?.v=1

    some guy said that about the movie.

    I responded:

    I believe quality goes a long way.  I took my son to see Meet the Robinsons on Friday and must enthusiastically disagree with Scott Rothbort. Rothbort called the movie a “stinker” because he fell asleep.  I don’t believe that a person who slept through all but the last 15 minutes of a movie has any place to judge that movie and post that on a reputable site sich as SeekingAlpha.com.  The 15 minutes Rothbort did see he declared “the best.”  Perhaps Rothbort thought this was the best part of the movie because his eyes were open.  

            Rothbort must have also been sleeping when the rest of us learned that Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation are two different animation studios.  While Pixar has been unstoppable, Disney Feature has struggled to find the caliber of movies it had made in the 90’s.  With Disney’s acquisition of Pixar they have been strengthened financially and creatively.  John Lasseter, the creative front man of Pixar, is now chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios and principal creative advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering.  One of his first accomplishments was cutting 60% of the original Meet the Robinsons and adding strong characters to an already strong story.  Lasseter succeeded and contributed to the strongest Disney movie since Lilo and Stich.  There were also obvious efforts to polish the Disney brand, tarnished by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.  Meet the Robinsons was the first step in the right direction, and a large step at that. 

             If the purpose of Rothbort’s article was to discourage people from investing in Disney based on his opinion of one movie, it is weak financial advice.  Sramana Mitra submited an article illustrating all the good reasons to invest in Disney.  Concerning the movies, yet to come this year are Pirates of the Caribean: At World’s End and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. These movies will break the box office.   A sleeper hit will be Enchanted.  The first true traditionally animated attempt since Home of the Range, Enchanted has enlisted the talents of Stephen Schwartz (lyrics) and Alan Menken (music).  Alan Menken has more Oscars than anyone living today and is expected to earn another for his work on Enchanted.  I believe Rothbort’s true purpose was to make himself feel better about sleeping through a movie he paid $8 for by telling himself that it would not have been worth watching if he had stayed awake.      

              In conclusion, The Walt Disney Company is more solid financially and creatively now than it has been in some time.  Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company has his priorities in the right places and the company will continue to improve significantly over the next  5 years.  If Scott Rothbort found this article hopefully he was able to stay awake long enough to learn something about one of the greatest companies in the country.             

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