Weekend Receipts: Fockers Narrowly Tops True Grit Again
Once again, a family of Fockers has pushed boozy lawman Rooster Cogburn to second place, as alleged "comedy" Little Fockers took the box office crown this weekend. Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges repped silver and bronze with True Grit and Tron: Legacy respectively. And no one go looking for Jack Black -- his nearly universally-reviled Gulliver's Travels plummeted to eighth place. Your weekend receipts are here.
1. Little Fockers
Gross: $26,300,000 ($103,191,000)
Screens: 3,554 (PSA: $7,400)
Weeks: 2 (change: -14.7%)
Honestly, folks, just pop Meet the Fockers into the DVD player and throw in a couple hackneyed boner jokes, and you'll have the Little Fockers experience at a fraction of the price. Cranking out an unnecessary sequel like this is such a blatant moneygrab, I'm surprised they didn't just say it was in 3D just so they could charge an extra 5 bucks per ticket
2. True Grit
Gross: $24,500,000 ($86,765,000)
Screens: 3,083 (PSA: $7,947)
Weeks: 2 (change: -1.4%)
Thank god for True Grit, the compromise movie of households worldwide this holiday season that was a great movie in its own right. Hailee Stansfeld gives one of the best child performances ever and Jeff Bridges makes a welcome return to the artfully-constructed dialogue of the Coen Brothers. Which just about makes up for...
Gross: $18,306,000 ($130,854,000)
Screens: 3,365 (PSA: $5,440)
Weeks: 3 (change: -4.4%)
It's tough to consider a movie that's made $130 million a bomb, but I'm sure Disney was expecting much, much higher grosses from this movie (The Karate Kid will probably make more!). Nota bene to the filmmakers, the audience was expecting cool lightcycle races and gladiator fights, not the dullest pieces of expository windbaggery this side of Keanu's confab with The Architect.
4. Yogi Bear
Gross: $13,000,000 ($66,130,000)
Screens: 3,515 (PSA: $3,698)
Weeks: 3 (change: +65.9%)
Now that this is halfway profitable, I hope that a Snagglepuss live action movie is on its way. I'd love a knowing satire in the vein of Josie and the Pussycats wherein an obviously gay Snagglepuss is forced into a bearding relationship to jump-start his flagging career. I bet Rachel Bilson is available.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Gross: $10,500,000 ($87,141,000)
Screens: 2,948 (PSA: $3,562)
Weeks: 4 (change: +10.8%)
Appropriately enough, this movie just won't die.
[Numbers via Box Office Mojo]