Weekend Wrap-Up

Hornet Brings The Green for Rogen and Sony

By John Hamann

January 16, 2011

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Fourth goes to The King's Speech, which unlike True Grit, has a boatload of Golden Globe nominations. The King's Speech doubled its screen count, expanding to 1,543 venues, and moved way up from a ninth place finish last weekend. The film earned $9.1 million, giving it a venue average of $5,878, and an 41% increase over last weekend. From an award perspective, The King's Speech is peaking at exactly the right time, with the Globes tonight, and Oscar nominations coming next weekend. So far, the $15 million flick from the Weinsteins has earned a very strong $44.6 million, and there's a lot more of that to come.

Black Swan finishes fifth, as it has another strong weekend. The Natalie Portman starrer earned $8.1 million in its fifth weekend of wide release, and held exactly steady. Black Swan is up for four Golden Globes, and a couple of wins should keep its momentum moving. The $13 million Fox Searchlight is also a big success, as it has earned $73 million so far.

Finishing sixth is Little Fockers, as the sequel is running out of steam as it loses pace with True Grit. The Ben Stiller/Robert DeNiro comedy earned $7.1 million and was off a large 47%. The comedy with the $100 million price tag has now brought in $134.2 million domestically, and over $100 million overseas. It won't be a financial disaster for Universal, but like The Dilemma, expectations have certainly not been met.

Seventh goes to Tron: Legacy, Disney's Christmas gift that had spoiled. Tron: Legacy earned $5.7 million in its fifth weekend, and was off an expected 44%. The $170 million Disney flick (I assume none of that was spent on the script) has now earned $156.9 million stateside, and over $140 million from overseas. While Disney won't wear it on this one, what could have been a strong franchise is now likely dead.


Yogi Bear, Warner Bros' shot at Alvin and the Chipmunks kind of success, winds up in eighth place. Luckily for us, that success wasn't to be, but Yogi has still made out okay. In its fifth weekend, the talking bear movie earned $5.3 million, off only 20% compared to last weekend. The $80 million 3D flick has now earned $82.1 million, and is just getting started overseas.

Ninth goes to The Fighter, Paramount's $25 million boxing drama. In wide release for five weekends now, The Fighter is still slugging it out, earning $5.1 million this weekend. It was off 27% compared to last weekend, but with six Golden Globe nominations could conceivably bounce back next weekend. So far, the Paramount release from director David O. Russell (Three Kings) has earned $65.8 million.

The Nic Cage flop Season of the Witch falls from its third place opening last weekend all the way down to tenth spot this weekend. Season of the Witch earned only $4.5 million in its second frame, and was down 58% compared to last weekend. Relativity Media's $40 million "effort" has now earned a very soft $18 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office continues to lag behind last year in a very big way. A year ago, Avatar was still dominating, and with the addition of The Book of Eli, the weekend gross was very large at $157 million. This year's totals weren't nearly as successful, as the box office tally for the top 12 came in at $115.2 million. Next weekend doesn't look all that hot – the only wide opener is No Strings Attached, another Natalie Portman starrer, this time a rom-com with Ashton Kutcher. Also opening at about 650 venues, is No Way Back, a true tale from director Peter Weir.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/14/11-1/16/11 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Green Hornet Columbia Pictures (Sony) $34,000,000 $33,526,876 New $40,012,543
2 The Dilemma Universal N/A $17,816,230 New $20,521,030
3 True Grit Paramount Pictures $11,200,000 $11,004,755 - 24.7% $128,339,354
4 The King's Speech The Weinstein Company $9,070,000 $9,186,203 + 43.2% $46,795,025
5 Black Swan Universal $8,125,000 $8,342,648 + 2.8% $75,020,120
6 Little Fockers Universal Pictures $7,137,582 $7,194,865 - 46.7% $135,621,520
7 TRON: Legacy Walt Disney Pictures N/A $5,679,858 -44% $158,497,550
8 Yogi Bear $5,345,000 $5,365,547 - 19.2% $84,197,416
9 The Fighter Paramount $5,125,000 $5,101,140 - 27.1% $67,026,761
10 Season of the Witch Lionsgate $4,500,000 $4,606,584 - 56.6% $18,913,782
11 Tangled Walt Disney Pictures $3,949,000 $3,983,009 - 22.1% $182,666,695
12 Country Strong Sony/Columbia N/A $3,682,375 New $13,986,383
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Heart Specialist Freestyle $539,738 $473,062 New $581,516
  Yamla Pagla Deewana Eros N/A $504,116 New $504,116
  Barney's Version Sony Classics $71,662 $65,241 New $114,285
  Ong Bak 3 Magnolia N/A $5,648 New $7,094
  A Somewhat Gentle Man Strand N/A $2,506 New $3,215
  Plastic Planet First Run N/A $740 New $889
  Blue Valentine The Weinstein Company $1,374,312 $1,386,776 + 96.9% $3,162,235
  Another Year Sony Pictures Classics $126,546 $111,806 + 21.8% $483,095
  Gulliver's Travels 20th Century Fox $2,075,000 $2,118,591 - 53.8% $38,590,723
  Somewhere Focus $248,010 $251,113 +54% $1,033,290
  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 20th Century Fox $2,325,000 $2,324,393 - 49.5% $98,863,922
  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I Warner Bros. $1,300,000 $1,399,204 -41% $290,153,345
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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