'True Grit' Claims #1 Spot; 'Season of the Witch' and 'Country Strong' Underwhelm

on January 09, 2011 by Phil Contrino

According to studio estimates, True Grit is on pace for $15.0 million during its third weekend in theaters. That's good enough for a first place finish, and it will easily push the Western past the $100 million domestic mark. The Coen Brothers have never had a $100 million domestic hit.

Little Fockers fell to second place. The comedy is set to grab $13.8 million. Universal's sequel has no shot at hitting the $200 million domestic plateau like its predecessors.

Season of the Witch was able to manage $10.7 million despite being brutally ripped apart by critics. The Nicolas Cage vehicle is bound to fall fast and disappear quickly from theaters.

Country Strong expanded wide this weekend and it's on pace for $7.3 million. Sony is reporting that 73% of the audience was women and 49% was under 30. The flick snagged a promising B overall rating from CinemaScore.

Oscar contenders continue to do steady business. Black Swan will reach $60 million, which means that the thriller has grossed more than director Darren Aronofsky's first four films combined. The Fighter will end up just shy of $60 million, and The King's Speech is going to cross the $30 million mark without even playing at 1,000 locations.

Overall domestic receipts should hit $115 million, which represents a 28.3% decrease from the same weekend last year. 2011 is trailing 2010 by 29.6% at the exact same point in the year.

Check back tomorrow for weekend actuals.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.


Tags: True Grit, Little Fockers, Country Strong, Season of the Witch, Black Swan, The Fighter, The King's Speech

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