Box Office

True Grit finally did it. In its third week of release, The Coen Brothers's highest grossing film to date managed to bump Little Fockers from the number one spot. With the addition of this week's $15 million at the box office, the western's total haul so far is an impressive $110 million. Fockers, however, came in a close second with nearly $13.8 million for the weekend.

As far as new releases go, Nicolas Cage’s latest, Season of the Witch, debuted in the #3 spot with a respectable $10.8 million. Country Strong, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow as a has been country star, expanded into wide release and found itself in the #6 spot, earning $7.3 million.

Despite the holidays being in full bloom, cinemas are still drawing plenty of viewers. This weekend, Little Fockers rested atop the mountain once again, selling another $26 million in ticket sales. The dominant showing marks the second week that Paul Weitz’ comedy has stood atop the heap.

In second place was the Coen brothers thrilling remake True Grit. The film wrangled another $24.5 million in tickets.

This weekend found Little Fockers opening in the #1 position with $34 million ($48 million including Wednesday and Thursday’s take). While that may seem like a win for Universal, it is below expectations when compared to the previous sequel, Meet the Fockers, which opened at $46 million in three days.

True Grit captured some pretty impressive numbers in the #2 position. It managed a $25.6 million opening which is the biggest opening ever for Joel and Ethan Coen. Thanks to a well-received advertising campaign and strong word-of-mouth True Grit earned $36.8 million including Wednesday and Thursday’s numbers. And with a budget of a mere $38 million, Paramount should be mighty happy with the past weekend.

It was a fairly slow for the box office this weekend, but one film did manage to reign supreme; Tron: Legacy banked a solid $43.6 million. Yogi Bear, the weekend’s other big opener, managed only $16.7 million, though it was enough to take the number two spot at the box office.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader slipped two places to number three, earning another $12.4 million. Meanwhile David O. Russell’s moving bio pic The Fighter landed in the fourth position after finally receiving a wide release. The film earned $12.2 over the weekend.

Rounding out the top five box office positions was The Tourist, which falls three places this week. The Tourist added another $8.7 million to its total.

In one of the closer box office weekends in recent memory, Harry Potter edged out Tangled to hold on to the number one position at the box office. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took in just over $50 million in it’s second week of release, while the animated Tangled sold just over $49 million in tickets to slide comfortably into second place.

DreamWorks’ Megamind fell a single spot to number three, siphoning another $12.8 million for a total draw of $130 million over the course of four weeks. The debuting Burlesque captured the fourth box office position with a moderate $11.8 million take.

After an extremely disappointing month for the horror genre, fans finally found reason to crawl from under their rocks and hit the local cinema. That reason comes in the form of Paranormal Activity 2, the follow up to last years stunning box office overachiever. The sequel opened in roughly 3,200 theaters and not only broke the midnight screening record for an R rated film (earning nearly $7 million), but toppled the box office with an impressive $41.5 million take.

Jackass 3D swept the box office in a major way this weekend. While the film sliding into the top slot isn’t a big shocker, the total weekend take was. In a time when trips to the local cinema seem to be fading out, Jackass 3D brought the masses flocking, earning an impressive $50 million. It’s the best opening we’ve seen in quite a few weeks, and the Jackass crew should be quite proud.

It was another impressive weekend for The Social Network, as the film once again topped the box office charts. The David Fincher film took home another $15.5 million in ticket sales, for a two week take of $46 million. The Warner Bros comedy Life As We Know It took the number two slot earning a fair $14.6 million in it’s opening weekend.

The debuting Secretariat also drew a solid $12.6 million to take the number three spot, while Zack Snyder’s animated tale Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole earned another $7 million to hold at the number four slot.

In what could easily be considered a big surprise, Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take seriously underperformed, drawing just $6.9 million to round out the top five. The last two weeks have proven that October doesn’t mean guaranteed success for the horror genre. As a fan, it’s a bit unnerving.

Box Office Roundup: October 1-3, 2010

Monday, 04 October 2010 06:05

After a mega marketing campaign, David Fincher’s The Social Network took the top spot at the Box Office this weekend, challenge-free. The film opened on 2,771 screens and earned a respectable $23 million. While the Facebook movie was busy pulling down solid numbers, the weekends two big horror releases went largely ignored. Christian Alvart’s Case 39 earned a feeble $5.35 million after hitting 2,211 screens across the country for a seventh place debut at the Box Office. Let Me In landed on 2,020 screens and followed at number eight, earning just $5.3 million.

Box Office Roundup: September 24-26, 2010

Sunday, 26 September 2010 22:58

As many critics expected, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps took the top slot at the Box Office this weekend, though the 20th Century Fox piece drew fairly unimpressive number earning just $19 million. The film opened to over 3,500 screens. The Warner Bros. 3D animated Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole met similar distribution numbers, and slid into second place with a $16.3 million take. The weekends other major opener, Buena Vista’s comedy You Again debuted at number 5 on the box office top 10 taking in an underwhelming $8.3 million despite a strong marketing push. To the credit of those involved, You Again was released to a full 1,000 less theaters than it‘s opening counter parts.

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