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Weekend Box-Office: December 17-19, 2010

12.19.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Tron kicks Yogi Bear's arse...!!

TRON: LEGACY was finally released this past weekend (seems like we'd been plugging the film forever on the site) and scored a sizeable opening with $44M over its first three days of release. Not that you can really compare the "sequel" to its predecessor, but when the original TRON was released back in 1982, it opened with only $5M and finished up with $33M at the end of its entire theatrical run! The new film still has a way to go though, as it apparently cost around $170M to put together (and another $100M to market worldwide).

Only time will let us know if this strong opening was mostly made of geeks who won't be returning to see it 10 times in theaters, or if the film will have a more general appeal with a diverse audience. Last year at this time, a little film called AVATAR was released and opened with $77M and ultimately went on to make $760M when all was said and done (the highest grossing domestic movie of all-time, in case you weren't yet aware).

The two other new film openings didn't fare as well with YOGI BEAR making only $17M in its first weekend of release, although that film may continue to bring in the dollars over the holidays. It too was pretty expensive to put together though, with a final budget of around $80M. The other movie that opened this weekend was entitled HOW DO YOU KNOW and it had about as little appeal as any film I've seen released this year. I mean, even with 4 "name stars" above its title, the movie just looked "blah!" to me and apparently everyone else as well, as it opened in 8th place with only $8M in receipts. There's a good chance that it actually gets bounced out of the top 10 next week. Wow. I guess that's what happens when you take so much time off, Reesey!

The other two interesting films in the top 10 were THE FIGHTER, which after an amazing limited release went "wide" this past weekend, but didn't blow the box-office charts away. At least not yet. THE FIGHTER might be the kind of film that "picks up" steam over the holidays though, as the positive word of mouth continues. The other film that followed in similar footsteps was Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN which also increased the total number of theaters in which it was shown this weekend, although not by as many as THE FIGHTER (SWAN was showing in about 950 theaters versus FIGHTER's 2,500 theaters). That said, BLACK SWAN had the 2nd highest "average per theater" figure in the top 10, after TRON: LEGACY ($12k versus $9k).

The latest HARRY POTTER flick dropped like a rock from 4th to 9th place this weekend, while the latest NARNIA flick also dropped from 1st to 3rd place, losing close to 50% of its audience from last weekend in the process. The 4 films to get kicked out of the top 10 this weekend included BURLESQUE ($35M), DUE DATE ($97M), LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS ($30M) and MEGAMIND ($142).

Next weekend sees the release of the final batch of "holiday" movies including the latest (and worst-looking) installment in the MEET THE PARENTS franchise called LITTLE FOCKERS (keep milking that one-trick joke, guys...sigh), as well as the latest interpretation of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS starring Jack Black this time around. The film that we're all stoked about at JoBlo.com headquarters is the latest Coen bros movie called TRUE GRIT. There are already 4 reviews for the film on MOVIE FAN CENTRAL and the average score is 9/10 so far. Not too shabby. So what film do you think will be #1 next weekend? VOTE NOW!!!

1. Tron: Legacy $ 43.6 Million
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2. Yogi Bear $ 16.7 Million
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3. The Chronicles of... $ 12.4 Million $ 42.7 Million
4. The Fighter $ 12.2 Million
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5. The Tourist $ 8.7 Million $ 30.8 Million
6. Tangled $ 8.7 Million $ 127.8 Million
7. Black Swan $ 8.3 Million $ 15.7 Million
8. How Do You Know $ 7.6 Million
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9. Harry Potter and... $ 4.8 Million $ 256.5 Million
20. Unstoppable $ 1.8 Million $ 77.3 Million

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2:45PM on 12/20/2010

THE TRUTH HURTS

not original rom coms are on the outs big time. "the truth hurts" better start a new marketing campaign ASAP!!!
not original rom coms are on the outs big time. "the truth hurts" better start a new marketing campaign ASAP!!!
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2:32AM on 12/20/2010

Tron Enthusiasts...

You have made me lose hope in humanity all over again. That movie was the worst (if not prettiest) piece of shit I have seen in a long time. I'm insulted by it. There was no story, to speak of. Sam Flynn was a turd. CGI-face McGee took me out of the moment every time he popped up on screen. The dialogue was so weak that I am convinced George Lucas made an uncredited pass on the script.
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills when I read all of these glowing reviews. Have all the fan boys sold
You have made me lose hope in humanity all over again. That movie was the worst (if not prettiest) piece of shit I have seen in a long time. I'm insulted by it. There was no story, to speak of. Sam Flynn was a turd. CGI-face McGee took me out of the moment every time he popped up on screen. The dialogue was so weak that I am convinced George Lucas made an uncredited pass on the script.
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills when I read all of these glowing reviews. Have all the fan boys sold out like Harry Knowles? Did everyone make friends with the band, as Lester Bangs would say? I mean, Jesus people.

That movie is friggin' awful. Shame on you for defending it. Shame on me for plucking down 12 bones to see it.

Shame on DISNEY for everything else.
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2:54AM on 12/20/2010
...Says someone who calls himself Avatard.
...Says someone who calls himself Avatard.
4:23AM on 12/20/2010
Ava-person who is mentally handicapped is right. Why are you letting Tron get away with so much badness? The actor playing Sam Flynn was atrociously bland. What was up with Michael Sheen looking like David Bowie, acting like a PG version of Alex from Clockwork Orange, and serving the same function as the Merovingian in Matrix 2. It's bad writing and cheap acting all around. Daft Punk's music was great, but they were smart enough not to show their faces at the premiere because they know
Ava-person who is mentally handicapped is right. Why are you letting Tron get away with so much badness? The actor playing Sam Flynn was atrociously bland. What was up with Michael Sheen looking like David Bowie, acting like a PG version of Alex from Clockwork Orange, and serving the same function as the Merovingian in Matrix 2. It's bad writing and cheap acting all around. Daft Punk's music was great, but they were smart enough not to show their faces at the premiere because they know everything else besides the CGI is the movie is crap in a bowl of penis water. Why aren't you all appalled by the awfulness of it all? Don't cop out about by saying, "it's a fun ride, it's a guilty pressure, man."
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11:52PM on 12/19/2010
actually scratch that, 150 mill domestic
actually scratch that, 150 mill domestic
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11:49PM on 12/19/2010

just what i expected

Tron had the potential to get in the avatar range for its opening weekend, but the problem is didnt get avatar reviews. The reviews cost this movie at least a hundred million dollars in revenue, too bad....I thought it was gonna do HUGE, like over 300 mill domestic, it'll be lucky to get to 140 mill, my guess is 125 mill, domestic, 100 mill overseas, 225 million total
Tron had the potential to get in the avatar range for its opening weekend, but the problem is didnt get avatar reviews. The reviews cost this movie at least a hundred million dollars in revenue, too bad....I thought it was gonna do HUGE, like over 300 mill domestic, it'll be lucky to get to 140 mill, my guess is 125 mill, domestic, 100 mill overseas, 225 million total
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11:38PM on 12/19/2010

Stoked for TRUE GRIT!

The fighter was a fantastic movie. Bale was the best i've seen him and the rest of the cast was great as well. Hope this movie gets the good word of mouth it deserves. Also saw Tron.. Visually it was pretty great, other then that i was pretty underwhelmed.
The fighter was a fantastic movie. Bale was the best i've seen him and the rest of the cast was great as well. Hope this movie gets the good word of mouth it deserves. Also saw Tron.. Visually it was pretty great, other then that i was pretty underwhelmed.
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11:38PM on 12/19/2010

Stoked for TRUE GRIT!

The fighter was a fantastic movie. Bale was the best i've seen him and the rest of the cast was great as well. Hope this movie gets the good word of mouth it deserves. Also saw Tron.. Visually it was pretty great, other then that i was pretty underwhelmed.
The fighter was a fantastic movie. Bale was the best i've seen him and the rest of the cast was great as well. Hope this movie gets the good word of mouth it deserves. Also saw Tron.. Visually it was pretty great, other then that i was pretty underwhelmed.
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10:58PM on 12/19/2010
Is $44 million a strong opening for Tron? I don't mean this sarcastically or anything. With all the hype and it had a huge friday opening, which I thought it would have pulled in closer to 60-70, not sure it's a good sign. Here's hoping.
Is $44 million a strong opening for Tron? I don't mean this sarcastically or anything. With all the hype and it had a huge friday opening, which I thought it would have pulled in closer to 60-70, not sure it's a good sign. Here's hoping.
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10:38PM on 12/19/2010

Black Swan

Was like watching a beautiful piece of art. Natalie's performance was the best I have seen all year, everyone just has to experience this movie for yourself. I want to see it again, I know it wont have the same effect on the small screen as it did watching it on the big screen.

"The theater I saw it in, was full of immature people who obviously have never seen a masterbation scene or two girls making out" They would laugh at anything sexual going on? When uncomfortable just laugh.
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Was like watching a beautiful piece of art. Natalie's performance was the best I have seen all year, everyone just has to experience this movie for yourself. I want to see it again, I know it wont have the same effect on the small screen as it did watching it on the big screen.

"The theater I saw it in, was full of immature people who obviously have never seen a masterbation scene or two girls making out" They would laugh at anything sexual going on? When uncomfortable just laugh.
But I did see this movie at a theater in conservative Indianapolis.
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11:53PM on 12/19/2010
I saw it with a few immature teens in the back of the theater. What a great movie tho. Im still feeling its power.
I saw it with a few immature teens in the back of the theater. What a great movie tho. Im still feeling its power.
10:00PM on 12/19/2010
I caught Black Swan and 127 hours, both were fantastic and within my top 10 best for the year, with Portman and Franco giving the best performances of their careers. Aronofsky delivered a psychological thriller that puts modern day horror films to shame. I'm not sure if 127 hours is getting a wide release (I guess Yogi Bear is more worthy of theater space), but if its playing near you I highly recommend it.
I caught Black Swan and 127 hours, both were fantastic and within my top 10 best for the year, with Portman and Franco giving the best performances of their careers. Aronofsky delivered a psychological thriller that puts modern day horror films to shame. I'm not sure if 127 hours is getting a wide release (I guess Yogi Bear is more worthy of theater space), but if its playing near you I highly recommend it.
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8:39PM on 12/19/2010
It's cool to see "Tron:Legacy" come in at number one, even though I didn't see it this weekend.

There is no other movie I am excited for more than "The Fighter". Movie looks incredible and I can't wait to check it out this week.
It's cool to see "Tron:Legacy" come in at number one, even though I didn't see it this weekend.

There is no other movie I am excited for more than "The Fighter". Movie looks incredible and I can't wait to check it out this week.
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8:31PM on 12/19/2010

Black Swan

Natalie Portman is undeniably the frontrunner for Best Actress after a stunning performance. Black Swan has a long and successful road ahead of it. I can see it continuing to rise in the rankings as many of the mediocre films lose huge percentages each week while Black Swan continues to build on its audience and numbers.
Natalie Portman is undeniably the frontrunner for Best Actress after a stunning performance. Black Swan has a long and successful road ahead of it. I can see it continuing to rise in the rankings as many of the mediocre films lose huge percentages each week while Black Swan continues to build on its audience and numbers.
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11:50PM on 12/19/2010
I saw it too. PHENOMINAL.
I saw it too. PHENOMINAL.
6:26PM on 12/19/2010
Wow, huge but unsurprising failure on Narnia's part... Yogi Bear made about 16M too much. I hope Tron will do well.
Wow, huge but unsurprising failure on Narnia's part... Yogi Bear made about 16M too much. I hope Tron will do well.
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6:25PM on 12/19/2010
Tron was amazing, hopefully it has legs!

But call me crazy, I enjoy the Focker movies for what they are, simple good natured Family-esque comedies! And in that, I will be seeing this new one.

True Grit, obviously is going to be amazing, im sure the oscars will realize what the Golden Globes did not!
Tron was amazing, hopefully it has legs!

But call me crazy, I enjoy the Focker movies for what they are, simple good natured Family-esque comedies! And in that, I will be seeing this new one.

True Grit, obviously is going to be amazing, im sure the oscars will realize what the Golden Globes did not!
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6:07PM on 12/19/2010
The Fighter was incredible. Way too great of a movie to be at number 4. If Christian Bale doesn't at the very least get an Oscar nomination, I'm going to be pissed.His portrayal of Dickie Eklund is by far one of the greatest performances of his career, right up there with Patrick Bateman.
The Fighter was incredible. Way too great of a movie to be at number 4. If Christian Bale doesn't at the very least get an Oscar nomination, I'm going to be pissed.His portrayal of Dickie Eklund is by far one of the greatest performances of his career, right up there with Patrick Bateman.
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