Season of the Witch opened better than widely expected, but was unable to stop True Grit from claiming the top spot.

‘True Grit’ Takes First Place, Tops $100 Million

on January 10, 2011 by Daniel Garris

In its third weekend of release, Paramount's True Grit was up one spot to move into first place at the box office. The western remake grossed $14.61 million, which was down a respectable 40 percent from last weekend's inflated holiday performance. True Grit topped the $100 million mark this weekend, making it the first film in the long career of the Coen Brothers to do so. The film has grossed a better than expected $110.04 million in 19 days, placing it 16 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Universal's Little Fockers fell one spot and 48 percent to claim second place with $13.49 million. The high-profile comedy sequel has grossed a softer than expected $123.69 million through 19 days of release. Little Fockers continues to lose momentum faster than True Grit, but does still hold a total gross lead of $13.65 million over True Grit. Little Fockers is currently running 39 percent behind the pace of 2004's Meet the Fockers (which fell 32 percent in its third weekend of release).

While its debut was still soft by the standards set by many prior January genre releases, Season of the Witch was able to open a bit above expectations this weekend. The Nicolas Cage vehicle grossed $10.61 million to finish in third. Season of the Witch delivered the largest debut to date for Relativity Media as a distributor. The distributor's previous high-mark was the $5.15 million start of last October's Let Me In. However, Season of the Witch is extremely likely to fall off very quickly going forward, especially considering the film's terrible reviews.

TRON: Legacy fell one spot and 46 percent to finish in fourth place with $10.09 million. Films with family appeal fell especially hard from last weekend's inflated holiday frame. The 24-day domestic total for TRON: Legacy stands at $148.21 million. While it is now losing major momentum domestically, the film is starting to hold up better internationally where it grossed $17.6 million this weekend. That brings the film's international total to $143.2 million and worldwide total to $291.4 million.

Fox Searchlight's Black Swan held up especially well to round out the weekend's top five with $8.11 million. The Oscar hopeful for Best Picture was down only 9 percent from last weekend as word of mouth continues to drive the film in a big way. This weekend's hold was even more impressive when considering the film only expanded into an additional 31 locations. With a total gross of $61.22 million, Black Swan has become one of the biggest surprise hits of 2010 and is looking like a safe bet to reach the $100 million milestone.

Sony's Country Strong debuted in sixth place with $7.33 million. The Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle from Screen Gems opened in line with pre-release expectations. The film delivered a solid per-location average of $ _ from 1,424 locations and will hope to hold up well going forward. After an additional two weeks of platform release County Strong has grossed $7.46 million to date.

Like Black Swan, fellow Oscar hopefuls The Fighter and The King's Speech also held up well this weekend. Paramount's The Fighter claimed seventh place with $7.00 million, while The Weinstein Company's The King's Speech was close behind in ninth with $6.41 million. The Fighter fell 30 percent from last weekend and The King's Speech was down only 18 percent. Both films are surpassing expectations thanks in large part to strong word of mouth and major awards buzz and both should continue to hold up nicely going forward (especially The King's Speech). Current domestic totals stand at $57.85 million for The Fighter and at $32.90 million for The King's Speech.

As mentioned earlier it was a tough weekend for family fare with the holidays now behind us. Grosses included $6.64 million for Warner's Yogi Bear (down 46 percent), $5.11 million for Disney's Tangled (down 48 percent) and respective takes of $4.60 million and $4.59 million for fellow Fox releases The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (down 55 percent) and Gulliver's Travels (down 51 percent). Current domestic totals stand at $175.78 million for Tangled, $94.53 million for Dawn Treader, $75.44 million for Yogi Bear and at $34.45 million for Gulliver's Travels. Look for all four films to re-stabilize next weekend with help from the Martin Luther King holiday.

International grosses for family fare this weekend included $26.3 million for Tangled, $21.0 million for Gulliver's Travels and $17.7 million for Dawn Treader. Current international totals stand at $179.3 million for Tangled, $81.0 million for Gulliver's Travels and $242.5 million for Dawn Treader. Respective worldwide totals for the three films stand at $355.1 million (Tangled), $115.4 million (Gulliver's Travels) and $337.0 million (Dawn Treader).

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

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