WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The third chapter of the Meet the Parents series, Little Fockers, took the top spot at the box office last week for a second week in a row. But the Coen Brother's True Grit, came in a very close second place and thanks to glowing reviews began to show signs of improvement. With only one new film entering the box office charts this week, Season of the Witch staring Nicolas Cage, the remake of the classic John Wayne Western finally had the opportunity to rope the top spot.
Finally taking first place after three weeks on the charts 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 38.6% from last week, it was added on 41 screens for a total of 3,124. The film earned $4,802 on each screen for a weekend total of about $15 million. In it's first three weeks of release the movie has now made $110 million, which earns back almost three times its initial $38 million production budget.
Falling one place to number two, for the first time since it entered the charts three weeks ago, 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 46.5% from last week, it was added on 121 screens for a total of 3,675. The film earned $3,750 on each screen for a weekend total of about $13.7 million. In it's first three weeks of release the movie has now made $123 million, which earns back its entire $100 million production budget.
Debuting at number three this 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). The film made $3,809 on each of its 2,816 screens for an opening weekend total of $ 10.7 million. That's not bad considering the movie's poor reviews but it will have to hold strong in the next few weeks if it hopes to earn back it's entire $40 million production budget.
Dropping one spot from last week to number four 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 47.7% from last week, it earned $3,254 on each of its 3,013 screens for a weekend total of about $9.8 million. In just over a month of release the movie has now made $147.9 million, which almost earns back its entire $170 million production budget.
Rounding off the top five and moving up an impressive four places from last week is the new film from The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky called Black Swan, which examines the competitive world of ballet. The movie 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 6.0% from last week, it earned $5,271 on each of its 1,584 screens for a weekend total of about $8.3 million. In just six weeks of release the movie has now made $61.4 million, which is over four times its initial $13 million production budget.
Continuing to do 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 rose an amazing 271.1% this week from the previous week and earned $17,975 on each of its 40 screens for a weekend total of $719,000. Now in just two weeks the film has earned back it's entire $1 million production budget with a total estimated gross of about $1.1 million.
Also doing 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. While the movie fell 17.9% from its debut last week, it earned $13,114 on each of its 7 screens for a weekend total of about $308,000 million. But the movie will have to pick up the pace in the next few weeks if it as any hope of earning back its entire $8 million production budget.
Next week will see the opening of two new films in wide release and two in limited release.
Debuting next 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).
Also opening next 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).
Opening next week in limited release is the new independent drama, Barney's Version, starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways). The film also features Rosamund Pike (An Education), Minnie Driver, (Grosse Pointe Blank) Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman (Underworld) and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Marathon Man).
Finally, opening in limited release next week is the new independent dark-comedy, Every Day. The film stars an all-star cast, which includes Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Eddie Izzard (Ocean's Thirteen), Brian Dennehy (F/X) and Oscar winner Helen Hunt (Twister). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!