For the Dec. 24-30 period, Little Fockers took a decisive lead in its first full week, but its dullness compared to its predecessor typified the lackluster times at the box office. Overall business was down 35 percent from the same week last year, which was a record-breaker propelled by Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Attendance was subpar for the time of year and off around 20 percent from 2004, the last time the days and dates were aligned.
Little Fockers took in $62.7 million, increasing its sum to $77 million in nine days. Meet the Fockers, which ruled Christmas 2004, had generated $120.7 million and around twice the attendance through the same point. One plus is that Little Fockers held a bit better throughout the week than Meet the Fockers.
True Grit (2010) ranked second but was far more impressive than Little Fockers, given how Westerns are often tougher sells than broad comedies. True Grit raked in $51 million, upping its haul to $62.3 million in nine days. That's the highest-grossing first week ever for a Western, and the movie eclipsed the final gross and estimated attendance of the last popular Western, 3:10 to Yuma (2007), which made $53.6 million. In a matter of days, True Grit's attendance will rise above the lifetime tallies of Open Range and Silverado among others.
Tron Legacy pulled in $44.3 million, slowing 35 percent from its opening week and growing its total to $112.5 million in 14 days. In estimated attendance, the sci-fi sequel has essentially matched the original Tron's final score.
Tangled drew $20.8 million, up 14 percent for a potent $158 million in 37 days, and generated more business than new release Gulliver's Travels, which mustered $18.1 million in six days or significantly less than Fat Albert on the same dates and days in 2004. Gulliver also grossed around a quarter of what Night at the Museum did in the first six days of its Christmas launch (and less than a fifth of the attendance).
Not far behind Gulliver were dramas The Fighter and Black Swan. Fighter earned $17.3 million, off seven percent, for a $36.4 million total. Black Swan was up ten percent to $16.5 million (in part due to its expansion to 1,500 venues from 959 for most of last week), lifting its tally to $38.9 million.
The Tourist continued to receive marginal interest, down six percent to an estimated $12.5 million for a $48 million sum in 21 days, while The King's Speech posted a solid $11.3 million in its first week of nationwide release (at 700 locations).