True Grit overtook Little Fockers for first place on Monday, with TRON: Legacy not far behind.

‘True Grit’ Leads Close Three-Way Race

on January 04, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Paramount's True Grit led the way at the box office on Monday with $2.62 million. The critically acclaimed remake topped both Universal's Little Fockers and Disney's TRON: Legacy in a fairly close three-way race for first. True Grit was down 59 percent from Sunday and down 63 percent from last Monday, as midweek grosses came back down to Earth on Monday with the holidays now behind us. Yesterday represented the second day that True Grit has led the daily box office (this past Friday being the first). True Grit has grossed a better than expected $89.29 million in 13 days and will cross the $90 million mark today. This coming weekend True Grit will become the first film in the long history of the Coen Brothers to reach the $100 million domestic milestone.

Little Fockers took second place for the day with $2.43 million. The comedy sequel starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro was down 63 percent from Sunday, which was a slightly larger decline than the 61 percent daily slide Meet the Fockers experienced at the same point in its run back in 2005. Compared to last Monday Little Fockers fell a sharp 71 percent. Though it has spent the majority of the past two weeks in first place, Little Fockers continues to perform softer than expected with a 13-day gross of $105.01 million.

TRON: Legacy finished in a close third with $2.34 million. The 3D sci-fi sequel was down 58 percent form Sunday and down 63 percent from last Monday. TRON: Legacy has been helped out greatly by both 3D and IMAX admissions throughout its run and that should continue to be the case in the coming days before Sony's The Green Hornet enters the marketplace on January 14th. TRON: Legacy has grossed $133.64 million through 18 days of release.

Fox Searchlight's Black Swan experienced the day's best daily hold to finish in fourth with $1.49 million. The Oscar hopeful for Best Picture was down just 51 percent from Sunday and down 39 percent from last Monday. With a significantly smaller location count than the films in front of it, Black Swan registered a daily per-location average of $959, which was stronger than the daily averages earned by each of Monday's top three films. Black Swan has grossed $49.30 million to date and will cross the $50 million mark today.

Fellow Best Picture hopeful The Fighter rounded out the day's top five with $1.30 million. The Paramount release starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 47 percent from last Monday. The Fighter has grossed $47.69 million in 18 days and is set the reach the $50 million mark on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Tags: Black Swan, The Fighter, TRON: Legacy, Little Fockers, True Grit

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