For the second weekend in a row, a CG-animated feature opens wide, this time the first from Disney since Chicken Little back in October '05. The reviews for Meet the Robinsons are good (68% "fresh" so far), and the forecast is for a very solid $32 million weekend despite stiff competition from the latest Will Ferrell confection and the hold-over TMNT . . .
The marketing on The Robinsons has struck me as severely front-loaded -- I'd swear I saw far more ads six weeks ago than I'm seeing now (it appears Blades of Glory has bought up most of the ad time), but awareness of the film seems high.
I've heard some folks making this film a referendum on the Pixar merger, sometimes with contradictory logic: If the film succeeds, it means that Disney was already on the right track, and maybe didn't need the Pixar brain trust. Or, if it succeeds, it's proof that the film needed the Pixar gurus to fix it up at the last moment. Ultimately, we know how success is treated in Hollywood, and in Burbank -- if its a hit, everyone takes a bow. And if it tanks, well, there was a good reason the prior leadership needed to be booted out.
This is a film I've been looking forward to seeing since a glowing report was given of the story reels at the San Diego Comicon a few years ago. Congrats to the crew -- I'll see you in the theater.