WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The long awaited Disney sequel, Tron: Legacy, earned around $43.6 million last weekend in its debut. That was a somewhat disappointing opening weekend total when you consider that the film cost around $170 million to make. With three highly anticipated new movies opening this week, just in time for the holidays, including Ben Stiller's Little Fockers, the Coen Brother's True Grit and Gulliver's Travels with Jack Black, it seemed unlikely that Tron: Legacy would be on top of the charts for a second week in a row.
Debuting at number one this week 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). The movie actually got a head start on the holiday weekend by opening on Wednesday and made $9,620 on each of its 3,536 screens. The movie made $34 million in its opening weekend, bringing its total gross to around $48 million, which is actually almost half of its $100 million production costs.
Debuting at number two this week 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. The film also opened on Wednesday this week and made $8,402 on each of its 3,047 screens. The movie made $25.6 million in its opening weekend, bringing its total gross to around $36.8 million, which almost earns back its entire $38 million production budget.
Falling two places from last week to number three 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 dropped 54.3% from last week, it earned $5,826 on each screen for a weekend total of about $3,451 million. In it's first two weeks of release the movie has now earned $88.2 million, which is just over half of its initial $170 million production budget.
Falling one place from last week to number four 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. While the movie dropped 12.8% from last week, it earned $3,350 on each screen for a weekend total of about $10.8 million. In it's first three weeks of release the movie has now earned $63.9 million, which is just over half of its initial $155 million production budget.
Finally, rounding off the top five and dropping three places from last week 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). While the movie dropped 46.4% from last week, it earned $2,504 on each of its 3,515 screens for a weekend total of about $8.8 million. In it's first two weeks of release the movie has now earned $36.7 million, which is not quite half of its initial $80 million production budget.
Doing well in limited release 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 made $8,650 on each of its 2 screens for an opening weekend total of about $17,300.
Continuing to do well in limited release this week 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). The movie rose an amazing 315.4% this week from the previous week and was shown on 657 additional screens. The film earned $6,511 on each of its 700 screens for a weekend total of $4.5 million.
Next week will see the opening of four highly anticipated new films in limited release.
First up 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.
Also opening next week is the new film from 21 Grams and Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu, entitled Biutiful. The film stars Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella, Eduard Fernández, Cheikh Ndiaye, Diaryatou Daff, Cheng Tai Shen, Luo Jin and George Chibuikwem Chukwuma.
Next week will also see the opening of 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.
Finally, opening in limited release next week is the new WWII set drama from Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World director Peter Weir, entitled The Way Back. The movie stars an all-star cast, which includes Jim Sturgess (Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Colin Farrell (In Bruges) and Ed Harris (The Rock). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!