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Weekend Box-Office: December 31 - January 2

01.02.2011


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

A double dose of Fockers...

The New Years weekend is always a slow one at the box-office and the first weekend of 2011 was no different. The only new release this weekend - The Weinstein Co's BLUE VALENTINE - only opened in four theaters leaving this week's players largely the same as last weeks. While LITTLE FOCKERS has been getting abused by critics, it still managed to top this weekend's box-office, though just barely edging out a stronger-than-expected showing from TRUE GRIT.

FOCKERS brought in another $26.3 million putting it over $100 million but perhaps the bigger story was TRUE GRIT dropping only 1.4% from last week and $24.5 million and at $86.7 million total, it's the biggest box-office hit for the Coens. (By contrast, TRUE GRIT cost just shy of $40 million to make while the FOCKERS budget was over $100 million.)

If you're counting, it looks as if Jeff Bridges will have two $100-million-plus movies opening this December as TRUE GRIT should cross the mark next weekend and TRON: LEGACY jumped over the mark with an $18 million weekend and a healthy $130 million total. It's not the huge blockbuster Disney was hoping but it's proving to be a moderate success (the worldwide take is over $240 million to-date).

Doing well this weekend were kids releases as both YOGI BEAR and TANGLED actually jumped up in the charts with YOGI going from 5th to 4th with a $14 million weekend and TANGLED leaping from 9th to 6th with $10 million and a surprising $168 million total (making it possible TANGLED could out-gross TRON - a surprising, though welcome, outcome for Disney).

The aforementioned new release BLUE VALENTINE performed respectably in New York and Los Angeles with a $45,000 per-screen average and a $180,000 total.

Next weekend starts the beginning of the January dump season when many of the studios release some of their crappiest movies of the year. Up first is the Nic Cage medieval action flick SEASON OF THE WITCH. It's the only new release and could wind up winning the weekend by default. But the film hasn't been getting great word of mouth and may leave the weekend open for a FOCKERS trifecta or TRUE GRIT leapfrogging to the top. Who do you think will come out on top? VOTE NOW!!!

1. Little Fockers $ 26.3 Million $ 103.2 Million
2. True Grit $ 24.5 Million $ 86.8 Million
3. Tron: Legacy $ 18.3 Million $ 130.8 Million
4. Yogi Bear $ 13 Million $ 66.1 Million
5. Chronicles of Narnia $ 10.5 Million $ 87.1 Million
6. Tangled $ 10.1 Million $ 168 Million
7. The Fighter $ 7.2 Million $ 46.4 Million
8. Gulliver's Travels $ 9.1 Million $ 27.2 Million
9. Black Swan $ 8.5 Million $ 47.4 Million
10. The King's Speech $ 7.6 Million $ 22.8 Million

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Little Fockers $26.3 M $103.2 M
2. True Grit $24.5 M $86.8 M
3. Tron: Legacy $18.3 M $130.8 M
4. Yogi Bear $13 M $66.1 M
5. Chronicles of Narnia $10.5 M $87.1 M
6. Tangled $10.1 M $168 M
7. The Fighter $10 M $46.4 M
8. Gulliver's Travels $9.1 M $27.2 M
9. Black Swan $8.5 M $47.4 M
10. The King's Speech $7.6 M $22.8 M

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Source: JoBlo.com

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7:00AM on 01/03/2011
i was very surprised when i saw True Grit this afternoon and the theater was completely full, had to sit in the front row
i was very surprised when i saw True Grit this afternoon and the theater was completely full, had to sit in the front row
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9:58AM on 01/03/2011
You were not the only one, brother
You were not the only one, brother
2:52AM on 01/03/2011

Woo woo

Have yet to see True Grit, i gots a gift certificate to Gold Class Cinema, so i might see it soon. Wish i can trade em in for an Alamo Drafthouse gift card.
Have yet to see True Grit, i gots a gift certificate to Gold Class Cinema, so i might see it soon. Wish i can trade em in for an Alamo Drafthouse gift card.
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1:42AM on 01/03/2011
Ben Stiller really amuses me in the right element (not this one). I really hope he learns from Noah Baumbach and starts taking more serious comedy from here on in. The man still has a chance, let's just hope he smartens up. Glad that True Grit is pulling in solid numbers. The Coens definitely deserve it, as do the cast. They were all phenomenal.
Ben Stiller really amuses me in the right element (not this one). I really hope he learns from Noah Baumbach and starts taking more serious comedy from here on in. The man still has a chance, let's just hope he smartens up. Glad that True Grit is pulling in solid numbers. The Coens definitely deserve it, as do the cast. They were all phenomenal.
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1:28AM on 01/03/2011
awesome for true grit..may catch it soon, correct me if i am wrong but was No Country For Old Men a huge moneymaker also & grossed 100 mil, awesome movie btw & deserved all the oscars.
awesome for true grit..may catch it soon, correct me if i am wrong but was No Country For Old Men a huge moneymaker also & grossed 100 mil, awesome movie btw & deserved all the oscars.
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2:09AM on 01/03/2011
No Country For Old Men grossed around $74M in the U.S.
No Country For Old Men grossed around $74M in the U.S.
12:56AM on 01/03/2011
I'm so glad True Grit is doing well. Really good movie.
I'm so glad True Grit is doing well. Really good movie.
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12:19AM on 01/03/2011
If all was right with the world, Jeff Bridges would kick Ben Stiller's ass and set De Niro straight.
If all was right with the world, Jeff Bridges would kick Ben Stiller's ass and set De Niro straight.
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12:04AM on 01/03/2011
A Ben Stiller comedy barely beat out a Coen Bros. western. I call that a win for True Grit, and a well-deserved one at that.
A Ben Stiller comedy barely beat out a Coen Bros. western. I call that a win for True Grit, and a well-deserved one at that.
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11:45PM on 01/02/2011

This pretty much says it all . . .

a crapfest like Little Fockers makes more $$$ than a Coen Bros. flick. 'Sad' just doesn't cover it.
a crapfest like Little Fockers makes more $$$ than a Coen Bros. flick. 'Sad' just doesn't cover it.
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11:00PM on 01/02/2011
How the fuck did Little Fockers cost over a 100 mill to make?!?
How the fuck did Little Fockers cost over a 100 mill to make?!?
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11:43PM on 01/02/2011
Any acting agent automatically ups his client's price by 30% when a studio talks sequel.
Any acting agent automatically ups his client's price by 30% when a studio talks sequel.
10:38PM on 01/02/2011
Finally caught up with Black Swan and The King's Speech over the weekend. The latter film has been selling out at my local art-house theater, and I was lucky to get there in time to get a seat, even a [link] seat. And wow, it was worth it.
Finally caught up with Black Swan and The King's Speech over the weekend. The latter film has been selling out at my local art-house theater, and I was lucky to get there in time to get a seat, even a [link] seat. And wow, it was worth it.
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10:30PM on 01/02/2011
Bring on "Mother Fockers". You all know it is coming.
Bring on "Mother Fockers". You all know it is coming.
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11:42PM on 01/02/2011
You're probably right . . . God, Allah and Cthulhu help us!
You're probably right . . . God, Allah and Cthulhu help us!
9:13PM on 01/02/2011
I'm real happy for True Grit.. I caught it last week and it was worth the money. Nice to see a great film like that making money.

Robert Deniro is just embarrassing himself tho. I mean.. do we even take him seriously anymore? He's reaching Eddie Murphy status.
I'm real happy for True Grit.. I caught it last week and it was worth the money. Nice to see a great film like that making money.

Robert Deniro is just embarrassing himself tho. I mean.. do we even take him seriously anymore? He's reaching Eddie Murphy status.
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9:36PM on 01/02/2011
I think you just embaressed yourself with this post.
I think you just embaressed yourself with this post.
9:57PM on 01/02/2011
I have to agree with this.
I have to agree with this.
11:41PM on 01/02/2011
De Niro showed us what he can do in Stone, and I liked him in Machete. That was a fun flick.
De Niro showed us what he can do in Stone, and I liked him in Machete. That was a fun flick.
8:55PM on 01/02/2011
Glad to see Little Fockers on top. I know they're not the most amazing movies, but I found The Little Fockers to be a good, funny movie.

Great to see True Grit doing well. Haven't had a chance to see it yet, but looks really great. The Coens can't make just an average movie.

Hopefully Blue Valentine gets a wider release. Been dieing to see it.
Glad to see Little Fockers on top. I know they're not the most amazing movies, but I found The Little Fockers to be a good, funny movie.

Great to see True Grit doing well. Haven't had a chance to see it yet, but looks really great. The Coens can't make just an average movie.

Hopefully Blue Valentine gets a wider release. Been dieing to see it.
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10:09PM on 01/02/2011
So you saw Little Fockers but not True Grit? Wow.
So you saw Little Fockers but not True Grit? Wow.
10:10PM on 01/02/2011
LOL @ terminal
LOL @ terminal
12:49AM on 01/03/2011
Nice to see someone willing to stick up for Fockers. Just because critics don't like it, doesn't mean anything. Don't pay attention to terminal, nothing but negative comments lol
Nice to see someone willing to stick up for Fockers. Just because critics don't like it, doesn't mean anything. Don't pay attention to terminal, nothing but negative comments lol
1:17AM on 01/03/2011
Thanks for the support BHak88. Too many people on this website are ridiculous when it comes to certain movies and which people on here like said movies.

Terminal just lives in his own little hatred world. I get shit for liking Little Fockers, but he thought The Happening was a good movie? Explain that logic.
Thanks for the support BHak88. Too many people on this website are ridiculous when it comes to certain movies and which people on here like said movies.

Terminal just lives in his own little hatred world. I get shit for liking Little Fockers, but he thought The Happening was a good movie? Explain that logic.
9:55AM on 01/03/2011
The clear difference between True Grit and Fockers is that while you can easily imagine the cast and crew behind True Grit thinking "Wow, this looks like an excellent project. I really hope this turns out well and people really like it." the crew behind Little Fockers was probably thinking "Where's my paycheck?"
The clear difference between True Grit and Fockers is that while you can easily imagine the cast and crew behind True Grit thinking "Wow, this looks like an excellent project. I really hope this turns out well and people really like it." the crew behind Little Fockers was probably thinking "Where's my paycheck?"
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