Best Picture hopefuls True Grit and Black Swan continued to lead the way on Tuesday.

‘True Grit’ and ‘Black Swan’ Still Strong

on January 12, 2011 by Daniel Garris
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Paramount's True Grit led the daily box office for a ninth consecutive day on Tuesday. The critically acclaimed western from the Coen Brothers grossed $1.39 million for the day. True Grit was up an impressive 25 percent over Monday, which represented one of the day's best daily holds among wide releases. Daily holds on Tuesday were strong nearly across the board, as Monday's grosses were clearly deflated a bit by the NCAA Football Championship Game. True Grit has grossed $112.53 million through three weeks of release and should hold up well again over the upcoming holiday weekend.

Black Swan grossed $0.95 million to take second place for a second straight day. The Oscar hopeful for Best Picture from Fox Searchlight was up 18 percent over Monday and down just 28 percent from last Tuesday. Black Swan continues to hold up extremely well and should continue to do so this coming weekend when it expands into additional locations. The film has grossed a better than expected $62.98 million to date and is set to zoom past the $70 million mark over the weekend.

Universal's Little Fockers held steady in third with $0.92 million. The comedy sequel starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro was up 16 percent from Monday, but down 54 percent from last Tuesday. Little Fockers reached the $125 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $125.40 million through three weeks of release. That places the film 40 percent behind the pace of 2004's Meet the Fockers (without taking into account ticket price inflation).

Season of the Witch remained in fourth place with $0.817 million. The Nicolas Cage vehicle from Relativity was up 8 percent over Monday, though that represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. With a five-day start of $12.18 million Season of the Witch is running slightly ahead of its modest pre-release expectations, but is also running 30 percent behind the pace of last January's Daybreakers.

TRON: Legacy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.814 million. Disney's 3D sci-fi sequel trailed Season of the Witch by a very slim $3,224 for the day and could overtake it in the daily rankings today. TRON: Legacy was up 17 percent from Monday, but down 54 percent from last Tuesday. With a 26-day gross of $149.72 million, TRON: Legacy is set to clear the $150 million domestic mark today.

The Fighter was up a healthy 29 percent from Monday to remain in sixth with $0.767 million. That represented one of the day's strongest daily holds as like True Grit, The Fighter was clearly affected more than most by Monday's football game. The Fighter has grossed $59.21 million through 26 days of release and is set to surpass the $60 million mark on Thursday.

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