the weekend box office numbers came out, and they were quite surprising.
Not so successful is the weekend’s second highest picture, Little Fockers. It grossed $13.7 million for the weekend, $123 million in three weeks. The third picture in the Ben Stiller/Robert DeNiro comedy franchise, at a negative cost of $100 million (the salaries is what killed the budget), these are not boffo BO numbers. Doubt that there’ll be a fourth installment in the franchise.
Ditto with Tron: Legacy—after a 28 year gestation, the new iteration had a $170 million price tag, and in four weeks it’s brought in $148 million domestic, with an additional $110 million outside the U.S. So there’ll be no more Trons.
Three indie pictures—the Darren Aronofsky-directed Natalie Portman come-back vehicle Black Swan, the Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle Country Strong, and the Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale boxing drama The Fighter—did really well: $8.3 million, $7.3 million, and $7.0 million weekends, respectively, putting them all firmly in the black. This was especially important to David O. Russell, Fighter’s director, who was in movie jail for I ♥ Huckabees (2004), and his famed on-set meltdown: He’s now back in the game.
Overall, the weekend was down 29% from last year’s, when Avatar was riding high.