The Green Hornet rounded out its first week in theatres with a seventh consecutive first place finish on Thursday. Sony's big-budget action-comedy grossed $1.60 million for the day, which was up a solid 5 percent over Wednesday. Films with family appeal held up nicely in general on Thursday; on the heels of harsh daily declines on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The Green Hornet grossed $45.34 million in its first week of release, which was in line with expectations and easily made it the week's top film. The Green Hornet is currently running 1 percent ahead of the pace of last January's The Book of Eli.
Universal's The Dilemma held steady in second with $0.96 million. The comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James was unchanged from Wednesday. The Dilemma finished in a distant second place for the week with $23.64 million as it was simply no match for The Green Hornet. The one saving grace for The Dilemma in this week's box office battle was that it was significantly less expensive than The Green Hornet. However, it is already looking likely that The Dilemma will experience a large second weekend decline, especially with Paramount's No Strings Attached entering the marketplace today.
The King's Speech grossed $0.86 million to continue to claim third place. The Oscar hopeful for Best Picture from The Weinstein Company was down 1 percent from Wednesday. The King's Speech performed very impressively this week with a fourth place performance of $13.94 million. The film's eight-week domestic total stands at a better than expected $49.46 million. The King's Speech will surpass the $50 million mark today and is set to reach the $60 million mark sometime next week.
A trio of fellow Oscar hopefuls continued to occupy positions four through six. Fox Searchlight's Black Swan led the pack with $0.75 million, while Paramount claimed fifth and sixth place respectively with True Grit ($0.73 million) and The Fighter ($0.47 million). For the week True Grit took third place with $15.42 million, Black Swan finished in fifth with $12.51 million and The Fighter landed in ninth with $7.87 million. Respective domestic totals stand at $130.63 million for True Grit, $77.38 million for Black Swan and at $68.52 million for The Fighter.
While they are no longer positioned towards the top of the daily rankings, a number of 3D releases from the holiday season are continuing to pad their domestic totals. Current totals for those films include $183.27 million and $159.56 million respectively for Disney's Tangled and TRON: Legacy, $99.27 million for Fox's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and $84.83 million for Warner's Yogi Bear.