WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
After two weeks at number two, the Coen Brother's True Grit finally shot down Little Fockers last week, to take home the box office gold. But with two highly anticipated new movies entering the charts this week, including director Ron Howard's new comedy, The Dilemma, and the super-hero movie The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen, it looks like the critically acclaimed western's celebration will be cut a bit short.
Debuting at number one this week is the new film from director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), The Green Hornet, which is based on the classic super-hero TV series from the '60s. The movie stars Seth Rogen (Superbad), Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz (In Her Shoes), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Edward James Olmos (I'm Still Here) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). The film made $9,487 on each of its 3,584 screens for an opening weekend total of $34 million. Despite the film's "bad buzz" it has actually received somewhat decent reviews from critics and fans alike, which will hopefully help the film continue to do well in the next few weeks so that it can earn back its entire $125-150 million production budget.
Debuting at number two this week is the latest film from director Ron Howard (Backdraft), the best-friends comedy, The Dilemma. The movie stars Vince Vaughn (Old School), Kevin James (Grown Ups), Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond), Winona Ryder (Black Swan), Channing Tatum (Dear John) and Queen Latifah (Chicago). The film made $5,925 on each of its 2,940 screens for an opening weekend total of $17.4 million. But the film will have to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it hopes to earn back its entire $70-$75 million production budget.
Falling two places from last week to number three is No Country for Old Men directors Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit, a remake of the classic John Wayne film. The movie stars an all-star cast, which includes Oscar winners Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. While the movie dropped 23.3% from last week, it was added on 335 screens for a total of 3,459. The film earned $3,238 on each screen for a weekend total of about $11.2 million. In it's first month of release the movie has now made $126.4 million, which far surpasses its initial $38 million production budget.
Moving up an astonishing five places from last week to number four, partly due to good word-of-mouth, is the Oscar bait, The King's Speech. The film stars Colin Firth (Bridget Jones's Diary), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Guy Pearce (Memento), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl) and Michael Gambon (Layer Cake). While the film went up an impressive 41.4% from last week, it was added in 785 theaters for a total of 1,543. The movie earned $5,878 on each screen for a weekend total of $9 million. Now in just over two months of release, the film has now earned a total of $44.5 million at the box office, which is almost three times its initial $15 million production costs.
Finally, rounding off the top five this week, for the second week in a row is the new film from director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), Black Swan. The movie examines the competitive world of ballet. The film is already earning Oscar buzz for its lead actress, Natalie Portman (Garden State), and also stars Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli), Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), Vincent Cassel (Ocean's Twelve) and Barbara Hershey (Beaches). While the movie fell 0.1% from last week, it earned $3,490 on each of its 2,328 screens for a weekend total of about $8.1 million. In just seven weeks of release the movie has now made $72.9 million, which is over five times its initial $13 million production budget.
Doing well in its debut in limited release this week is the new independent drama, Barney's Version. The film features an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominees Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Minnie Driver (Grosse Pointe Blank), Rosamund Pike (An Education), Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman (Underworld) and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Marathon Man). The film made $17,925 on each of its 4 screens for an opening weekend total of $71,700.
Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the latest film from Vera Drake director Mike Leigh, entitled Another Year. The film stars Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge), Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Peter Wight, Oliver Maltman, David Bradley, Karina Fernandez, Martin Savage, Michele Austin and Philip Davis. The movie actually went up 45.5% from last week and earned $9,769 on each of its 13 screens, for a weekend total of about $127,000. The movie has now made $465,000 in 3 weeks of release, but will need to continue to improve if it has a chance of earning back its entire $8 million production budget.
Next week will see the opening of only one new film in wide release.
Opening next week is the new romantic comedy from director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), called No Strings Attached. The film features an all-star cast that includes Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Ashton Kutcher (Killers), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas), Cary Elwes (Saw 3D) and Oscar winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!