When Christmas falls during the weekend (Saturday in this case) box office numbers are usually on the soft side so this year was no different. Three movies opened, one of them bombed and for the first time ever we had half the top 10 made up of 3D movies during a weekend, more after the break.
Coincidence or not, the last time Christmas was on a Saturday, in 2004, Meet the Fockers was first with $46.1 million and a total of $70.5 million over the 5-day opening week. This year we have Little Fockers, the third in the Meet the Parents series (now a trilogy) with $30.8 million over the Christmas weekend and $45 million over the 5-day opening week. So obviously the years have not been kind to the Fockers and many would go as far and say that this third entry was to little to late. Ok, it might not be the huge hit Meet the Fockers was, but Little Fockers is no doubt still doing well enough to bring a few smiles down at Universal. Chances for a 4th movie are now close to zero (Universal was actually hoping to milk the Fockers a bit more).
True Grit is a nice surprise in 2nd place with $24.8 million over the weekend and $36 million over the 5-day opening, all on a $38 million budget and to make things even more impressive, this is a western. Now I love westerns but it seems moviegoers are not so in love with this dieing genre as they once were (understatement to say the least) so to see True Grit doing so well on Christmas no less makes me all worm inside, maybe people still have taste in movies, who know.
Tron: Legacy is 3rd falling pretty badly to $19.1 million and a North American grand total of $93.7 million after 11 days. Worldwide the movie is now at $159.2 million, very underwhelming considering the $170 million budget behind it all. But all is not lost yet for Tron because weekdays are looking good so Disney won’t lose money on it (probably) but they won’t make enough to green light a third either.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader was pretty impressive with the smallest drop in the top 10, -23.5% for $9.4 million, $66 so far in 18 days and $231.1 million worldwide. Now it still has a long way to go until it becomes profitable but the good legs it’s showing right now give fans hope that they have yet to see the last of Narnia. No doubt international numbers are the saving grace of Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Yogi Bear was in 5th place with $7.8 million and is doing a lot better business then I thought it would. The Fighter is 6th with $7.6 million while Tangled was 7th with $6.4 million and making a very strong comeback in weekdays, now at $146.9 million, this tale is far from over.
Gulliver’s Travels in 8th place with $6.3 million is the bomb I was talking about at the start of this post. Now this opened on Saturday, so it only had 2 days, but still, a family movie that just came out making so little money over Christmas, this is going to hurt Fox.
Finally Black Swan was 9th with $6.2 million still slowly expanding, now in 1466 theaters. Almost forgot, The Tourist was 10th with $5.4 million.