It was an easy win for Tron: Legacy last weekend at the box office, grossing in 3 days more then the 1982 classic Tron made in its entire run. Yogi Bear failed to capture the success of past animated features turned live-action movies like Scooby-Doo or Alvin and the Chipmunks (and yes, I know this started as a band before becoming an animated series) while the rest of the pack is trying to stay as high as possible in preparation for the holiday week, more after the break.
Tron:Legacy made $44 million in 3551 screens over the weekend, about $11 million more then Tron made in 1982 in its entire run. Truth be told, ticket price inflation is responsible for that difference but I don’t think I have to tell you that. Tron was a pretty expensive movie for Disney back then and it didn’t exactly turn into a home run at the box office, probably the main reason it took them 28 years to make the sequel, a sequel that was green lit based on the reception of a San Diego Comic Con teaser released in 2008. Tron: Legacy is a movie made because fans asked for it and those same fans seem to have come to watch this, but can they be enough to cover the $170 million Disney invested in Legacy (compared to 17 million for Tron in 1982), the upcoming holiday week will answer that question.
Yogi Bear was 2nd with a middle of the pack $16.4 million that should translate to a somewhat decent $60-$80 million final gross in North America. Any other time this kind of opening would mean $50 million tops, but family movies like this tend to have very good holds around Christmas as box office history will tell us (look no further then Alvin and the Chipmunks, opened with 44 million and made almost 5 times more at the end).
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader made $12.3 million, dropping 48.4%, the best 2nd weekend drop for the franchise, unfortunately with this already small numbers, Voyage has a long way to go before it can call itself profitable. Right now the 3rd entry in the Narnia series sits at $173.9 million worldwide on a $155 million budget.
The Fighter expanded to 4th place with $12.1 million while Tangled is 5th with $8.7 million and $129.9 million so far.
In 6th The Tourist continues to struggle with $8.5 million while Black Swan was in 7th place with $8.3 million for a total of $17.2 million.
In 8th, 9th and 10th we have How Do You Know with $7.4 million (there are only so many words you can use to describe this $120 million disaster), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 with $5 million for $266.6 million ($825 million worldwide) and Unstoppable with $1.8 million for a total of $77.6 million so far.