WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Last week, the third chapter of the popular Meet the Parents series Little Fockers debuted at number one at the box office and earned an estimated $34 million. Also opening last week was the Coen Brother's True Grit, which came in close behind with $25.6 million. With only a few small films opening this week in limited release, the box office looks basically the same as it did last week with very little movement on the charts.
Holding strong at number one for a second week in a row is the third chapter of the popular Meet the Parents series, Little Fockers. The film features returning stars Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder), Teri Polo (The West Wing), Owen Wilson (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) and Oscar winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) and Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie), as well as new cast members Jessica Alba (Sin City), Harvey Keitel (Cop Land) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park). While the movie dropped 14.7% from last week, it earned $7,400 on each of its 3,554 screens for a weekend total of about $26.3 million. In it's first two weeks of release the movie has now made $103.1 million, which earns back its entire $100 million production budget.
Coming in at number two for a second week in a row 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 only dropped 1.4% from last week, it earned $7,947 on each of its 3,083 screens for a weekend total of about $24.5 million. In it's first two weeks of release the movie has now made $86.7 million, which earns back more than twice its initial $38 million production budget.
Coming in at number three for a second week in a row is the sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 film, Tron, Tron: Legacy. The film picks up twenty-eight years after the first movie and stars the originals two leads Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), as well as Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), James Frain (True Blood) and Beau Garrett (Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer). While the movie fell 4.4% from last week, it earned $5,440 on each of its 3,365 screens for a weekend total of about $18.3 million. In just three weeks of release the movie has now made $130.8 million, which almost earns back its entire $170 million production budget.
Moving up one spot from last week to number four is the live-action version of the classic cartoon Yogi Bear. The movie stars the voice talent of Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers) and Justin Timberlake (The Social Network). The film moved up 65.9% from last week, earning $3,698 on each of its 3,515 screens for a weekend total of about $13 million. In just three weeks of release the movie has now earned $66.1 million, which brings it closer to earning back its initial $80 million production budget.
Rounding off the top five and falling one place from last week is the third chapter of the popular The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. The film follows the adventures of Pevensie children as they make their third trip to the magical land of Narnia. The film stars Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter and Bill Nighy, Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson. The film moved up 10.8% from last week, earning $3,562 on each of its 2,948 screens for a weekend total of about $10.5 million. In just over a month of release the movie has now earned $87.1 million, which brings it a little closer to earning back its initial $155 million production budget.
Doing well in limited release this week is the new romantic drama Blue Valentine. The film stars Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain), and has earned both actors Golden Globe nominations for their performances. The movie made $45,000 on each of its 4 screens for an opening weekend total of about $180,000.
Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the new musical drama Country Strong, from The Greatest director, Shana Feste. The movie stars Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love), Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl). The movie rose an amazing 148.6% this week from the previous week and earned $21,500 on each of its 2 screens for a weekend total of $43,000.
Next week will see the opening of only one new film in wide release.
Opening in wide release next week is the new supernatural thriller from director Dominic Sena (Whiteout) called Season of the Witch. The film stars Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Ulrich Thomsen (Centurion), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) and screen legend Christopher Lee (The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!