So as expected No Strings Attached made enough money to grab the number one spot from The Green Hornet. In the end the race was closer then I was expecting and Seth Rogen’s Hornet held very well, but more after the break.
Recently nominated for a Best Actress at the Oscars for Black Swan (6th place, $5.8 million, $84.4 million total), engaged, pregnant and now number one at the box office, looks like it will be a good year for the talented Natalie Portman. No Strings Attached made $19.6 million and the reason I report box office numbers a bit later then everyone else is because I want to first see at least one of the weekdays (most of the time Monday and Tuesday) so I can better judge how a movie should perform in the near future. Now while the title might say No Strings Attached, from where I’m standing they are damn well attached considering this is an R-rated comedy and should easily finish above $70 million, more then enough for the $25 million budget. But not all credit goes to Ms. Portman, after all, this was directed by Ivan Reitman, you know, the guy that made Ghostbusters 1 and 2 and a lot of bad movies after that.
The Green Hornet grossed 17.6 million for 2nd place and is now standing at $65.3 million in 12 days, good word of mouth seems to help this flick.
In 3rd we had The Dilemma with $9.1 million for $34 million on a $70 million budget. The King’s Speech, after recently getting 12 nominations at the Oscars, is showing great legs and could potentially make over $100 million if it wins Best Picture a month from now. $7.8 million over the weekend and $59 million in 61 days (oh yeah, 2 months ago, half of that was in limited release).
And finally True Grit, another Oscar favorite (10 nominations) was in 5th place with $7.3 million for a grand total of $139.2 million in 35 days. Little Fockers might have won over Christmas but True Grit is taking most of the spoils of war home.