Where is the love for "Wall-E"?
The animated, futuristic adventure about a lonely, love-struck robot opened to rave reviews and topped the weekend box office with $63.1 million in domestic ticket sales -- the ninth straight No. 1 launch for Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar studio.
But stock market investors gave Disney shares the cold shoulder Monday, bidding them down 37 cents to $31.20.
Part of the problem is that "Wall-E," which 97% of critics endorsed, according to RottenTomatoes.com, "was successful but wasn't 'Nemo'-like" in its opening, said Richard Greenfield, an analyst at Pali Research. "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles," Pixar's two biggest movies, each opened to slightly above $70 million.
What's more, Disney got off to a slow start this summer when its highly anticipated sequel, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," fell short of lofty expectations. The first film in the series from Disney and Walden Media, November 2005's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," grossed $292 million domestically, but "Prince Caspian" has hauled in only about $138 million since its May 16 release.