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Weekend Box Office: LITTLE FOCKERS and TRUE GRIT rule the holiday weekend (well, relatively)

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
December 26th, 2010

Well, it's a win-some, lose-some holiday weekend at the box office. Despite truly dismal reviews, LITTLE FOCKERS (which currently holds an 11% rotten rating at Rotten Tomatoes, eeesh) took the top spot at the theaters this weekend. The film pulled in an estimated $34 million in returns for Friday through Sunday, after making about $14 million thanks to its early opening on Wednesday. However, this year's top spot over the Christmas weekend isn't really something to celebrate - as this weekend marked a 44% drop from 2009's Christmas weekend. Turns out, a lot less people were watching the Fockers this time around. Get it? Watching? Ha? "I'm watching you"? Yup, just as unfunny in a news post as it was in the theater.

However, there is a bright spot in the box office, and it comes care of the Coen brothers. Their TRUE GRIT remake earned the top-grossing opening weekend ever for a "straight-forward Western," making an estimated $25.6 million over the weekend. TRUE GRIT also marks the biggest opening for a Coen flick, a title that previously been held by their BURN AFTER READING.

The weekend's other major opener, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, underperformed, only making it to seventh place with $7.2 million in returns. Turns out, families didn't want to spend their holidays watching Jack Black's oversize body dance around little people. Who would have thunk it?

Now that I have sunk so deeply into a holiday food coma that I cannot even remember what day it is, let's just do some quick hits:

-TRON: LEGACY made $20 million this weekend, bringing its two week take to over $88 million.

-I continue to forget that THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is in theaters. It is, and it has made over $63 million in three weeks.

-BLACK SWAN continues to soar in limited release, making nearly $40 million in four weeks.

-HOW DO YOU KNOW fell to twelfth place, making back only $15 million of its staggering $120 million budget.

-COUNTRY STRONG opened in very limited release in only 2 theaters. Why I didn't spend Christmas at one of those theaters, I will never understand.

What did you see this weekend?

Source Box Office Mojo

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  • Diane C.

    I agree with you completely about the Little Fockers. It is old hat by now and you can anticipate what will happen next. They need to shelve it but I am sure they will do another one. Booooooooooooring!

    • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

      They left the door open for more familial hijinks at the end of LITTLE FOCKERS. I just hope they don’t carry it out.

  • Diane C.

    True Grit was very well done and Jeff Bridges deserves an oscar. Diane C.

    • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

      He definitely deserves a nomination, but I want to put my Oscar eggs in the Colin Firth basket this year!

  • http://www.twitter.com/chasewhale Chase Whale

    You’re funny, Katlin

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