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Weekend Box-Office: January 14-16, 2011

01.16.2011


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Green Hornet KO's the competition!

Kudos to Seth Rogen & gang as his latest film, THE GREEN HORNET, despite middling reviews, managed a solid opening weekend of $34M in its first three days. Being as January is generally considered as the "dump month", the film managed to rank as the 3rd highest January opening of all-time! Too bad we can't say the same for Vince Vaughn's latest "walk through" entitled THE DILEMMA, a film that most everyone agreed was not really all that good. The movie still managed a second place finish with about $17M, but something tells me that it won't stick around for too long.

And speaking of films disappearing from view really fast, check out the 2nd weekend for Nic Cage's SEASON OF THE WITCH! The film opened in 3rd place last weekend, but has already dropped to 10th spot this weekend, losing 58% of its audience from last weekend (must be the hair). And what happened to holiday releases like THE TOURIST and GULLIVER'S TRAVELS? They're nowhere to be found, while quality releases like TRUE GRIT, THE FIGHTER, THE KING'S SPEECH and BLACK SWAN are managing to keep some people interested in theatrical releases during this dead period.

Oh and in case you forgot, the GOLDEN GLOBES are tonight and JoBlo.com's MovieHotties is hosting its annual CHAT during the Globes starting at 7pm tonight, so check that out if you're around.

As for those kooky Coen bros, it's interesting to note that the greatest box-office score that they managed during their first 20 years of movie-making, was THE LADYKILLERS with $39M back in 2004. Since then, they've made 4 films, 3 of which have grossed over $60M and the latest of which, TRUE GRIT, is their highest-grossing movie of all-time! ($126M and counting!) Have they officially "sold out" or are audiences just figuring out how awesome these filmmakers are? (btw, if you haven't done so already, smoke a doob and watch THE BIG LEBOWSKI some night...thank me later)

The two films to get booted from the top 10 this week included COUNTRY STRONG, which only managed to slip into the top 10 for one weekend ($13M), while TANGLED managed a great showing, lasting almost 2 months in the top 10, while earning close to $181M when all was said and done. That said, the film apparently cost $260M to make?!? How is that possible?

Next week sees the release of only one film, but it may accentuate the peak of Natalie Portman in the public's consciousness, as NO STRINGS ATTACHED is released, inexplicably co-starring Ashton Kutcher, in a seeming play on the ol' WHEN HARRY MET SALLY plotline (can friends sleep together and still remain friends...psst, the answer is "no"). So are you interested in seeing this film or would you rather stay home and cut your toenails? VOTE NOW!!!

1. The Green Hornet $ 34 Million
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2. The Dilemma $ 17.4 Million
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3. True Grit $ 11.2 Million $ 126.4 Million
4. The King's Speech $ 9.1 Million $ 44.6 Million
5. Black Swan $ 8.1 Million $ 72.9 Million
6. Little Fockers $ 7.1 Million $ 134.2 Million
7. Tron: Legacy $ 5.7 Million $ 156.9 Million
8. Yogi Bear $ 5.3 Million $ 82.1 Million
9. The Fighter $ 5.1 Million $ 65.8 Million
10. Season of the Witch $ 4.5 Million $ 17.9 Million

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Green Hornet $34 M
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2. The Dilemma $17.4 M
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3. True Grit $11.2 M $126.4 M
4. The King's Speech $9.1 M $44.6 M
5. Black Swan $8.1 M $72.9 M
6. Little Fockers $7.1 M $134.2 M
7. Tron: Legacy $5.7 M $156.9 M
8. Yogi Bear $5.3 M $82.1 M
9. The Fighter $5.1 M $65.8 M
10. Season of the Witch $4.5 M $17.9 M

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12:21PM on 01/17/2011
Glad Hornet is doing money, I liked the movie (go on give me the Thumb Down, like you do to everyone liking the movie)!
I too, can't understand how Tangled could have cost $260M to make.
Glad Hornet is doing money, I liked the movie (go on give me the Thumb Down, like you do to everyone liking the movie)!
I too, can't understand how Tangled could have cost $260M to make.
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12:50AM on 01/17/2011
For those that liked it, great! But the opening #'s do not take away the fact that the movie stunk on ice....well, IMO. :)
For those that liked it, great! But the opening #'s do not take away the fact that the movie stunk on ice....well, IMO. :)
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11:41PM on 01/16/2011

Good for The Green Hornet!

What a great way to start of the year. Great performances, writing, and action scenes. Just an all around good time at the movies!
What a great way to start of the year. Great performances, writing, and action scenes. Just an all around good time at the movies!
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11:03PM on 01/16/2011
While I have yet to see it, I am glad "The Green Hornet" did pretty well. I like the director and cast, so I am hoping it's good.

The Coens did not sell- they are true masters of their craft, and I think people finally sparked to something of theirs!
While I have yet to see it, I am glad "The Green Hornet" did pretty well. I like the director and cast, so I am hoping it's good.

The Coens did not sell- they are true masters of their craft, and I think people finally sparked to something of theirs!
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9:32PM on 01/16/2011
The Dilemma was beyond terrible! Stick to the adventures of Robert Langdon Mr Howard.
The Dilemma was beyond terrible! Stick to the adventures of Robert Langdon Mr Howard.
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8:08PM on 01/16/2011
I'm happy for Green Hornet and the Cohen's. Here's hoping an original film from them will do just as well in the future.
I'm happy for Green Hornet and the Cohen's. Here's hoping an original film from them will do just as well in the future.
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8:07PM on 01/16/2011

They do it for the money yo!

If "selling out" is synonymous with making bank then Coen brothers are total industry whores now. Fortunately, the reality is we can all rest easy knowing movie fans still have a little integrity with all those gems in the top 10. Keep climbing True Grit! I'm even hoping Tron rakes in some more.
If "selling out" is synonymous with making bank then Coen brothers are total industry whores now. Fortunately, the reality is we can all rest easy knowing movie fans still have a little integrity with all those gems in the top 10. Keep climbing True Grit! I'm even hoping Tron rakes in some more.
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7:35PM on 01/16/2011
Cool. I enjoyed The Green Hornet more than I expected. Not only that, it's cool to see a fellow Taiwanese brutha make it big in Hollywood. Surprisingly, I found him to be the best part of the film.
Cool. I enjoyed The Green Hornet more than I expected. Not only that, it's cool to see a fellow Taiwanese brutha make it big in Hollywood. Surprisingly, I found him to be the best part of the film.
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7:25PM on 01/16/2011
Good for The Green Hornet. All of you haters can now go hide in the corner and cry on why life is so unfair.
Good for The Green Hornet. All of you haters can now go hide in the corner and cry on why life is so unfair.
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9:33PM on 01/16/2011
What an original comment.
What an original comment.
7:16PM on 01/16/2011
Good for Green Hornet, it was a lot of fun on both an action and comedy level. But how is Yogi Bear still in the top 10? I can't even imagine a kid would want to see that film, so why would parents take them?
Good for Green Hornet, it was a lot of fun on both an action and comedy level. But how is Yogi Bear still in the top 10? I can't even imagine a kid would want to see that film, so why would parents take them?
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7:20PM on 01/16/2011
I think you underestimate how retarded kids/parents can be
I think you underestimate how retarded kids/parents can be
7:12PM on 01/16/2011
Glad to see the Green Hornet get #1. Also glad to see True Grit, Black Swan, and The Fighter are doing well at the Box Office.
Glad to see the Green Hornet get #1. Also glad to see True Grit, Black Swan, and The Fighter are doing well at the Box Office.
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6:50PM on 01/16/2011
About the Coens. They have definitely NOT sold out. Arguably two of their best movies (No Country.. and True Grit) came during this period. I honestly think it has to do with the Academy finally recognozing them for No Country.
About the Coens. They have definitely NOT sold out. Arguably two of their best movies (No Country.. and True Grit) came during this period. I honestly think it has to do with the Academy finally recognozing them for No Country.
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