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Weekend Box-Office: January 7-9, 2011

01.09.2011


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Finally, True Grit hits #1....!!

I don't think any of us were surprised not to see Nic Cage's latest entitled SEASON OF THE WITCH open in the #1 spot this weekend, as it posted an abysmal 4% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes (only 4 out of 74 reviewers recommended it) and proved to be the ideal "January dump release" movie in every which way. The film opened in 3rd place with about $10M, which left the #1 spot open to both TRUE GRIT and LITTLE FOCKERS, with the latter holding the top spot over the past two weeks, but I guess the time had come for TRUE GRIT as it surpassed those fockers and secured the #1 spot this week with $15M added to their already-impressive total.

TRUE GRIT also became the first Western since the 1990s to surpass the $100M mark, and doesn't show any signs of slowing down just yet. The film also became the Coen brothers' highest-grossing movie ever surpassing NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN ($74M) and BURN AFTER READING ($60M).

And speaking of career-high movies, Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN seems to be the ideal film for him at this stage of his career, as he prepares to take on his first major commercial venture with THE WOLVERINE, SWAN has quickly become his own high-grossing movie ever, surpassing the combined total of his previous 4 movies all together (PI - $3M, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM - $3M, THE FOUNTAIN - $10M, THE WRESTLER - $26M). In the case of both TRUE GRIT and BLACK SWAN, the films only cost $38M and $11M respectively, so the profit margins are gonna be real sweet for the studios backing them to boot.

Many may say that LITTLE FOCKERS and TRON: LEGACY are successful as well, but with budgets of $100M and $170M respectively, you can see how the two smaller movies are more enticing financially. Speaking of which, the other "new movie" to pop into the top 10 this week was the wide release of Gwyneth Paltrow's COUNTRY STRONG which opened in 6th place with about $7M, while costing only about $15M to make. The two films to get booted from the top 10 this weekend were the latest NARNIA movie ($95M) and the real "bomb" of the season, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, which ended up grossing only $35M, despite costing about $112M to make.

Next week sees the release of two "big movies" with "big stars" and "big directors", but both of which look pretty ho-hum so far. The first is THE GREEN HORNET starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz, directed by Michel Gondry and the second film is a comedy directed by Ron Howard starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder (one of these things just doesn't belong here...) entitled THE DILEMMA. Since we're JoBlo.com, this week's poll question wants to know whether or not you're stoked to see THE GREEN HORNET. Well...are you!?? VOTE NOW!!!

1. True Grit $ 15 Million $ 110.4 Million
2. Little Fockers $ 13.8 Million $ 123.9 Million
3. Season of the Witch $ 10.7 Million
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4. Tron: Legacy $ 9.8 Million $ 147.9 Million
5. Black Swan $ 8.4 Million $ 61.5 Million
6. Country Strong $ 7.3 Million
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7. The Fighter $ 7 Million $ 57.8 Million
8. The King's Speech $ 6.8 Million $ 33.3 Million
9. Yogi Bear $ 6.8 Million $ 75.6 Million
10. Tangled $ 5.2 Million $ 175.9 Million

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. True Grit $15 M $110.4 M
2. Little Fockers $13.8 M $123.9 M
3. Season of the Witch $10.7 M
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4. Tron: Legacy $9.8 M $147.9 M
5. Black Swan $8.4 M $61.5 M
6. Country Strong $7.3 M
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7. The Fighter $7 M $57.8 M
8. The King's Speech $6.8 M $33.3 M
9. Yogi Bear $6.8 M $75.6 M
10. Tangled $5.2 M $175.9 M

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5:27PM on 01/11/2011

True Grit and Black Swan!

Its great to see True Grit take 1st place after being underneathe that abombination of a film we call Little Fockers. Now the only thing missing is a Best Actor award for jeff Bridges for the 2nd year in a row.
Also it is great to see Black Swan doing so well, it deserves every bit of it.... and oh yeah im straight as well. you dont have to be gay, or a girl to enjoy it !
Its great to see True Grit take 1st place after being underneathe that abombination of a film we call Little Fockers. Now the only thing missing is a Best Actor award for jeff Bridges for the 2nd year in a row.
Also it is great to see Black Swan doing so well, it deserves every bit of it.... and oh yeah im straight as well. you dont have to be gay, or a girl to enjoy it !
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10:36PM on 01/10/2011
It sucks to see Yogi Bear all the way down at #9, I saw it for the eighteenth time last weekend and it was still just a really badass flick.
It sucks to see Yogi Bear all the way down at #9, I saw it for the eighteenth time last weekend and it was still just a really badass flick.
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3:10AM on 01/10/2011
No plans at all to see Green Hornet, but the black billboard with the lit up green hornet symbol looks mighty damn sweet over Ventura Blvd. out here..
No plans at all to see Green Hornet, but the black billboard with the lit up green hornet symbol looks mighty damn sweet over Ventura Blvd. out here..
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2:13AM on 01/10/2011

True Grit, Black Swan > Err'thing else

Just saw Black Swan tonight with the girl, not at all what I expected. Thought it would just be a wacked chick flick but really it was the complete opposite. Really entertaining and fresh, something different. But as far as True Grit goes, that's still my #1.
Just saw Black Swan tonight with the girl, not at all what I expected. Thought it would just be a wacked chick flick but really it was the complete opposite. Really entertaining and fresh, something different. But as far as True Grit goes, that's still my #1.
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1:03AM on 01/10/2011

to the guy below me...

Black Swan was incredible both times I saw it. I am a guy and I am straight.

To the article above me...
I just saw True Grit for my second time tonight and it was just as good the second time. Fantastic movie.
Black Swan was incredible both times I saw it. I am a guy and I am straight.

To the article above me...
I just saw True Grit for my second time tonight and it was just as good the second time. Fantastic movie.
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12:14AM on 01/10/2011
I dont see whats so good about black swan its a chick flick about dancing but im happy gullivers travels was a bomb
I dont see whats so good about black swan its a chick flick about dancing but im happy gullivers travels was a bomb
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4:10AM on 01/10/2011
Maybe try watching the movie before generalizing it.
Maybe try watching the movie before generalizing it.
6:04AM on 01/10/2011
Sorry i dont like to watch people in tight clothes and jumping around for 2 hours
Sorry i dont like to watch people in tight clothes and jumping around for 2 hours
10:40PM on 01/10/2011
Wow, it's always a pleasure to hear such a well articulated argument. That's brilliant shit right there.
Wow, it's always a pleasure to hear such a well articulated argument. That's brilliant shit right there.
10:43PM on 01/09/2011
Saw both The Fighter and True Grit this week, and both were fantastic. I actually think this has been a stronger Oscar release season than the previous couple years.
Saw both The Fighter and True Grit this week, and both were fantastic. I actually think this has been a stronger Oscar release season than the previous couple years.
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10:27PM on 01/09/2011

Blue Valentine

No comment at all on Blue Valentine? It took in an impressive amount of money for only being in 40 theatres. It already took in more than it cost to make.
No comment at all on Blue Valentine? It took in an impressive amount of money for only being in 40 theatres. It already took in more than it cost to make.
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9:21PM on 01/09/2011
$100M for fockers
how can they waste so much money on making of that, just stupid.
happy for true grit and swan. ass2ass
$100M for fockers
how can they waste so much money on making of that, just stupid.
happy for true grit and swan. ass2ass
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8:16PM on 01/09/2011

Go True Grit!

Finally there is justice in the world!
Finally there is justice in the world!
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7:56PM on 01/09/2011

Oscar Movies

Great to see 4 Best Picture contenders in the top ten for the last few weeks, and one of them actually landing in the top spot.

Saw True Grit twice in the theaters already and can't wait to see it again.
Great to see 4 Best Picture contenders in the top ten for the last few weeks, and one of them actually landing in the top spot.

Saw True Grit twice in the theaters already and can't wait to see it again.
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6:45PM on 01/09/2011
Good to see Black Swan still going strong! Nic Cage needs to start reading scripts before he accepts roles... oh wait, he did it for the money
Good to see Black Swan still going strong! Nic Cage needs to start reading scripts before he accepts roles... oh wait, he did it for the money
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6:37PM on 01/09/2011
Finally saw True Grit this weekend. Brilliant flick. Some of the most incredible dialogue I've even heard in a movie.
Finally saw True Grit this weekend. Brilliant flick. Some of the most incredible dialogue I've even heard in a movie.
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6:26PM on 01/09/2011
"I'm a Walker Texas Ranger".
"I'm a Walker Texas Ranger".
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6:18PM on 01/09/2011
Happy for True Grit, simple tho it may be it is story telling at its finest.
Happy for True Grit, simple tho it may be it is story telling at its finest.
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5:03PM on 01/09/2011
The Coens are in number one, Black Swan's doing really well and Gulliver's Travels bombed horribly. All is right with the world.
The Coens are in number one, Black Swan's doing really well and Gulliver's Travels bombed horribly. All is right with the world.
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