Weekend Wrap-Up

True Grit, Little Fockers Duel Into the New Year

By John Hamann

January 2, 2011

They're starting to look alike.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader finishes fifth, and owes a lot to the holiday season for its limited success. Over New Year's weekend, The Dawn Treader earned $10.5 million, an increase of 11% versus last weekend. The $155 million Fox release has now taken in $87.1 million domestically, but also has $186 million earned overseas.

Tangled – now six weekends in at the box office – finished sixth this weekend, up one spot from where it finished last weekend. Tangled earned a remarkable $10 million this weekend, increasing over the last frame by 56%. While this weekend's news is good for Tangled, we have to remember that it cost Disney $260 million to make. A few weekends ago, I never thought this one would be profitable; however, with a domestic gross of $168 million so far, and a foreign total of $118 million, Tangled will either finish as a win for the Mouse House or as a wash. A very different film comes up in seventh place, as The Fighter earned $10 million, a 31% increase over last weekend's total. Made for only $25 million, The Fighter has already earned $46.4 million against that tiny production budget.


Gulliver's Travels held steady in eighth place, earning $9.1 million this weekend versus $6.3 million last weekend. That gives it an increase of 44%. Gulliver is going to need a large amount of help overseas, as it has a domestic cume so far of $27.2 million, against a $112 million production budget. The smaller films seem to be where the money is this holiday season, as both The King's Speech and Black Swan have proved. Black Swan earned $8.5 million, and had an increase of 35% over last weekend. The Darren Aronofsky flick cost Fox Searchlight $13 million to make, and its brought in $47.4 million so far. The King's Speech is tenth, despite appearing at only 700 venues. The film with Oscar on the tip of its tongue earned $7.6 million this weekend, a hefty increase of 70% over the previous frame. The Colin Firth pic cost the Weinsteins only $15 million to make, and it's already brought in $22.8 million. This one could really be huge if Oscar is friendly and international audiences catch on.

Overall, the box office was up versus last weekend, but had absolutely no chance of matching what Avatar and friends did last year. Over the Christmas frame, the top 12 earned $132.2 million. This weekend, the top 12 managed $149.7 million, despite zero new films entering the fray. A year ago, Avatar propelled the top 12 to $209 million. Next weekend, things get back to normal – Nic Cage opens what looks to be a really bad film in Season of the Witch, and Gwyneth Paltrow sings in Country Strong. Check back next weekend to see if Season of the Witch can erase Bangkok Dangerous from our collective memories.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/31/10-1/2/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Little Fockers Universal Pictures $26,299,600 $25,766,485 - 16% $102,576,190
2 True Grit Paramount Pictures $24,500,000 $24,416,515 - 2% $86,670,382
3 Tron: Legacy WALT DISNEY $18,306,000 $18,756,973 -2% $131,304,844
4 Yogi Bear $13,000,000 $12,385,000 + 58% $65,755,336
5 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 20th Century Fox $10,500,000 $10,252,775 +8% $86,926,397
6 The Fighter Paramount $10,000,000 $10,005,066 +32% $46,388,853
7 Tangled Walt Disney Pictures $10,008,000 $9,803,091 + 53% $167,821,986
8 Gulliver's Travels 20th Century Fox $9,100,000 $9,300,099 +47% $27,454,506
9 Black Swan Universal $8,450,000 $8,881,595 +42% $47,807,791
10 The King's Speech The Weinstein Company $7,649,164 $7,775,463 +73% $22,932,401
11 The Tourist Touchstone Pictures $6,800,000 $6,625,759 +23% $54,633,191
12 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I Warner Bros. $4,400,000 $4,651,699 +47% $283,533,215
  Also Opening/Notables
  Blue Valentine The Weinstein Company N/A $193,728 New $291,607
  Another Year Sony Pictures Classics N/A $111,869 New $164,654
  The Strange Case of Angelica Cinema Guild N/A $7,499 New $10,433
  The Red Chapel Lorber Films N/A $2,459 New $3,539
  Somewhere Focus $142,920 $138,416 +16% $432,836
  The Illusionist $50,841 $46,416 +20% $123,476
  Country Strong SONY $40,000 $41,506 +36% $119,742
  How Do You Know SONY $4,600,000 $4,547,420 +28% $25,040,894
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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