'No Strings Attached' Takes #1 Spot

on January 22, 2011 by Phil Contrino

According to BoxOffice.com's Early Weekend Estimates, No Strings Attached is on pace for $20.2 million during its debut frame. The Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman vehicle was able to rake in $7.3 million on Friday night. While not an overly strong opening, it is right in line with expectations. The rom-com came with a modest production budget of only $25 million.

The Green Hornet will drop to second place during its sophomore frame. $16.7million is what the unconventional superhero flick is on pace for. At this point, it's highly unlikely that The Green Hornet will hold on enough to top Knocked Up's $149 million haul in order to become Seth Rogen's highest grossing effort as a leading man.

Despite mostly negative word-of-mouth, The Dilemma was able to hold its audience reasonably well. Still, the comedy should be seen as a commercial dud. The combo of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James should be delivering stronger grosses.

Check back tomorrow for studio estimates.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: No Strings Attached, The Green Hornet, The Dilemma

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