'Little Fockers' Grabs #1 Spot with Underwhelming Debut

on December 26, 2010 by Phil Contrino
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According to studio estimates, Little Fockers is on pace for $48.3 million during its debut frame. While not a complete disappointment, that number doesn't look too strong when compared to the $70.5 million five-day total of Meet the Fockers in 2004. Still, Little Fockers should have no problem breezing past the $100 million mark on its way to a healthy cume. It will need to hold up well considering that the production budget is being pegged at around $100 million. Universal is reporting that 57% of the audience was female and 53% was under 30 years old. The CinemaScore rating is a mediocre B-.

True Grit marks the best opening ever for the Coen Brothers. The Paramount release is set for $36.8 million over five days, $25.6 million of which will come from Friday-Sunday. Previously, Burn After Reading was #1 for the Coens with a $19.1 million debut. True Grit could easily end up topping No Country for Old Men's $74.3 million domestic haul. Paramount is reporting that 70% of the audience was 25 & over and 65% was male. The CinemaScore rating is a B+.

Gulliver's Travels is off to a very slow start. The Jack Black vehicle is on pace for only $7.2 million since opening on Christmas Day. It was obvious that the film was in trouble when 20th Century Fox began to lower the intensity of the marketing blitz. 

Check back tomorrow for weekend actuals.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Little Fockers, True Grit, Gulliver's Travels
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