Box Office: Fockers Show True Grit, Jack Black Not So Much

It’s currently the proud owner of an 11% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes among the nation’s leading critics and the trailers feature dick jokes that are at least 10 years stale, but that didn’t stop moviegoers from flocking to see “Little Fockers” over the Christmas holiday. The sequel scored $34 million in its debut, thanks to what I can only surmise as a strong brand name, and proved grittier than the Coen Brothers’ remake of “True Grit”, which opened in second place with a respectable $25.6 million.

Certainly, “True Grit” will be in the black well before “Little Fockers”, which boasts a bloated and gratuitous $100 million dollar production budget (where did all that money go; more stale dick jokes with Robert De Niro?) to “True Grit’s” comparatively cheap $38 million. In total, “Little Fockers” earned $48 million over the entire Christmas week, while “True Grit”, a remake of a John Wayne Western classic, shot its way to $36.8 million.

Things were less rosy for Jack Black, whose remake of “Gulliver’s Travels” opened in stunning fashion — in 7th place with $7.2 million, just barely beating out Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” for the 7th spot. This, despite the fact that Aronofsky’s supernatural ballet drama was showing in 1,000 less screens than “Travels”. Needless to say, this is pretty awful news for 20th Century Fox, which spent an estimated $100 million on the film, not counting the $10-plus million they shelled out for post-3D conversion. Ouch.

Notables:

Last week’s #1, “Tron: Legacy” fell to third place in its second week with another $20 million, giving it $88 million at the domestic box office so far. The film has now earned $111 million worldwide, and still has a ways to go to earn back its reported $170 million dollar budget, though some estimates have the film costing around $200 million in production costs alone.

The CG movie “Yogi Bear” is also not looking so hot, despite its family-friendly appeal. Apparently there are some thresholds American family moviegoers aren’t willing to sink to for their entertainment. “Yogi Bear” has barely cleared $36 million in two weeks of release. It has company, though: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s “The Tourist” seems to have maxed out at $41 million domestic. The film has earned just under $64 million worldwide after three weeks in theaters. Considering the A-list casting of Depp and Jolie, that’s a big disappointment. Compare this to “Salt”, which featured just Jolie, maxing out at $293 million in worldwide box office.

1 —–Little Fockers —– $34,016,000 —–$48,302,000 $100
2 —–True Grit (2010) —– $25,600,000 —– $36,818,000
3 —–Tron Legacy —–$20,107,000—– $88,296,000
4 —–The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader —–$10,800,000—–$63,929,000
5 —–Yogi Bear —–$8,800,000 —– $36,785,000
6 —–The Fighter —– $8,500,000 —– $27,574,000
7 —–Gulliver’s Travels —–$7,200,000 —– $7,200,000
8 —–Black Swan —–$6,600,000 —– $29,031,000
9 —–Tangled —–$6,519,000—–$143,779,000
10 —–The Tourist —–$5,700,000 —– $41,178,000

'Fill your hands, you little fockers!'