Little Fockers held off True Grit in a close race for first place.

‘Little Fockers’ and ‘True Grit’ Lead New Year’s

on January 03, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Universal's Little Fockers was able to remain at the top of the box office this weekend as it held off Paramount's True Grit in a close race for first place. The comedy sequel starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro grossed $25.77 million, which was down 16 percent from last weekend. In comparison, 2004's Meet the Fockers fell 9 percent in its second weekend of release. Little Fockers crossed the $100 million domestic mark on its twelfth day of release (Sunday) and has grossed $102.58 million to date. The film is currently running 37 percent behind the pace of Meet the Fockers. Little Fockers currently appears headed for a final gross in the neighborhood of $165 million to $170 million.

True Grit took second place with $24.42 million, placing it $1.35 million behind Little Fockers over the weekend. The critically acclaimed western remake was down a slim 2 percent from last weekend, which is obviously a very good sign for the film going forward. True Grit has grossed a better than expected $86.67 million in twelve days, which already makes it the highest grossing film in the long career of the Coen Brothers (their previous domestic high being the $74.28 million gross of 2007's No Country for Old Men). The film is currently running 8 percent behind the pace of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Disney's TRON: Legacy held steady in third place with $18.76 million. The big-budget sci-fi sequel was down 2 percent from last weekend, which represented a weaker percentage hold than the type of holds other films with family appeal experienced this weekend. With that said, TRON: Legacy is still the highest grossing release of December 2010 thus far with a 17-day domestic take of $131.30 million. Internationally, TRON: Legacy grossed $23.7 million this weekend. That brings the film's international total to $110.0 million and worldwide total to $241.3 million.

Warner's Yogi Bear was up a healthy 58 percent to take fourth place with $12.39 million. Films outside of the top three held up especially well this weekend, as Christmas weekend grosses were clearly softened by the East Coast snowstorm that hit the Sunday after Christmas. Family films experienced the largest increases, as New Year's weekend is typically a strong weekend for family fare to being with. Thanks in part to strong midweek holiday grosses Yogi Bear has grossed a respectable $65.76 million through 17 days of release and should continue to hold up well in January.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader rounded out the weekend's top five with $10.25 million. While the fantasy sequel was up 8 percent from last weekend, it also took a bit of a hit from losing screens to fellow Fox release Gulliver's Travels. After debuting below expectations a few weeks back, Dawn Treader has held up nicely throughout the holidays and has now grossed $86.93 million in 24 days. Dawn Treader continues to perform stronger internationally, where it grossed $21.4 million this weekend. That places the film's international total at $210.0 million and worldwide total at $296.9 million.

After a disappointing two-day start last weekend, Gulliver's Travels rebounded a bit over New Year's weekend with an eighth place finish of $9.30 million. The 3D family film starring Jack Black was up a sizable 47 percent from last weekend. Gulliver's Travels has grossed $27.45 million in nine days and like Yogi Bear will look to hold up well during January, especially given the lack of new family releases over the next few weeks. Like Dawn Treader, Gulliver's Travels has been much stronger internationally where it grossed $24.0 million this weekend and has grossed $47.0 million to date (placing its worldwide total at $74.5 million).

This weekend's most impressive performance was arguably that of The King's Speech. The Oscar hopeful for Best Picture from The Weinstein Company was up a tremendous 73 percent over last weekend to take tenth place with $7.78 million. Playing in just 700 locations, The King's Speech earned an impressive per-location average of $11,108 this weekend. The King's Speech has grossed $22.93 million thus far and is clearly starting to make a box office impact outside of the largest media markets.

Percentage increases for other films in wide release included a 53 percent jump for Disney's Tangled, a 42 percent increase for Fox Searchlight's Black Swan, and a 32 percent increase for Paramount's The Fighter. Respective total grosses stand at $167.82 million for Tangled, a better than expected $47.81 million for Black Swan and $46.39 million for The Fighter. Look for all three films to continue to hold up well throughout January.

Tags: Black Swan, Tangled, The Fighter, The King's Speech, Gulliver's Travels, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Yogi Bear, TRON: Legacy, True Grit, Little Fockers

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