Image Credit: Lorey SebastianIt was quiet out there — too quiet. The overall box office dropped 30 percent from last weekend to gross an estimated $112 million. If studio estimates hold, it could be the worst first weekend of January since 2000. But at least Rooster Cogburn finally got to taste victory. In its third week of release, True Grit won the weekend with $15 million — a decline of 39 percent. The Western also became the Coen brothers’ first film to reach $100 million, with its cumulative tally now standing at $110.4 million. True Grit galloped past Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to become the fifth-highest grossing Western ever, behind Dances with Wolves, City Slickers, Blazing Saddles, and Wild Wild West. By the end of its run, it’ll likely pass the latter three movies to become No. 2.
Little Fockers slid 47 percent for $13.8 million. The comedy has so far made $124 million, which is nothing to sneeze at. But, by comparison, 2004’s Meet the Fockers had accumulated $204.3 million by this point. The $40 million medieval thriller Season of the Witch debuted in third place with a decent $10.7 million. The figure represents star Nicolas Cage’s lowest wide-release opening since 2008’s Bangkok Dangerous, and with a C+ grade from CinemaScore moviegoers, the PG-13 film shouldn’t hang around in theaters for long. On the other hand, distributor Relativity Media covered at least 75 percent of the movie’s budget via foreign pre-sales and tax credits, so Witch‘s financial outlook is likely rosier than it initially seems. Also worth noting is that, as is common with supernatural thrillers, the film’s audience was particularly diverse: 36 percent Hispanic, 31 percent Caucasian, 14 percent Asian, 10 percent African-American, and 9 percent “other.”
Fourth and fifth place went to TRON: Legacy and Black Swan, which earned $9.8 million and $8.4 million, respectively. This marked the first time Black Swan cracked the top five, and the $13 million ballet thriller has now collected $61.5 million, making it director Darren Aronofsky’s biggest hit by far. In sixth place was the music drama Country Strong, which expanded nationwide to the tune of $7.3 million from 1,424 theaters. The $12.5 million film attracted an audience that was 73 percent female, and CinemaScore audiences handed it an okay “B” rating.
In limited release, the Michelle Williams-Ryan Gosling relationship drama Blue Valentine expanded to 40 theaters and grossed $719,000 — a healthy per-location average of $17,975. And The King’s Speech continued its impressive run, accepting $6.8 million from 758 theaters. The Oscar hopeful has so far made $33.3 million. Check back next weekend as the Vince Vaughn comedy The Dilemma faces off against the superhero flick The Green Hornet.
1. True Grit — $15.0 mil
2. Little Fockers — $13.8 mil
3. Season of the Witch — $10.7 mil
4. TRON: Legacy — $9.8 mil
5. Black Swan — $8.4 mil
6. Country Strong — $7.3 mil