'Prince' is top animated film at the box office
The box office was bustling this Christmas holiday weekend with DreamWorks' "The Prince of Egypt" and Disney/Pixar's "A Bug's Life" holding their own against many new live-action releases including "Patch Adams," "The Faculty" and "Stepmom." "Prince of Egypt" dropped two places from second to fourth; however, the film saw a 5% rise in business grossing $15.3M for a grand total of a little over $40M. "A Bug's Life" saw a 1% jump in totals despite being taken off more than 300 screens. The film finished seventh with $10.1M and has now grossed $114.6M in six weeks. Disney's remake of the RKO ape movie, "Mighty Joe Young," debuted with $10.9M in sixth. The film cost a hefty $70 million-plus and combines numerous special-effects techniques including animatronics, puppetry and computer animation to bring Mighty Joe to life. Paramount's "The Rugrats Movie" dropped out of the top ten for the first time since its release placing eleventh for a $2.7M weekend and an $82M total gross.