Box Office: The Green Hornet Sees Lots of Green

Well slap me on the butt cheeks and call me Mustang Sally: Seth Rogen’s superhero movie “The Green Hornet” was number one at the box office. The film easily beat out its fellow new studio release, the Ron Howard comedy “The Dilemma”, which topped off at $17.4 million for the weekend. After a studio estimated $11 million on Friday, Michel Gondry’s first real foray into mainstream moviemaking cleaned up over the weekend to the tune of $34 million. Not bad for a film that most saw as a major potential clunker, and one that has been scratched from the calender a number of times by the studio as a result.

The Coen Brothers’ “True Grit”, meanwhile, continues to perform better than expected despite this being its fourth week of release. The Western remake has added an additional $10.5 million to its coffers, giving it just over $127 million in total box office so far. Also a bit of a surprise is the British drama “The King’s Speech”, one of those films you wouldn’t think would necessarily do well in the States, but as it turns out, there were a lot of unexpected things taking place at the box office this week. “Speech” has earned $46 million so far in the States.

Nicolas Cage’s “Season of the Witch”, meanwhile, continues its downward spiral into obscurity in its second week of release. Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan”, the comedy “Little Fockers”, the Gwyneth Paltrow country and western drama “Country Strong”, and David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” fill out the rest of the Top 10.

'Whoa, beaten by Seth Rogen in tights. How sucky were we?'



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKNIV3AQBENNIEOBLGOTORIOUI John

    Of course the Green Hornet would perform well on its first weekend. It’s the Green Hornet. There are the hardcore fans that want to see it on the screen. But, it will drop off very quickly by next weekend. You’ll see. Although, I am a fan of comic books coming to life on the big screen, the Green Hornet is an epic fail. It will probably make its money back, but its failure is in the execution of the character.

    • BW

      John,
      Well, so I heard, Green Hornet is at #2 at the box office list. It’s not a total loss and it seems to be doing well. I don’t understand why these die hard comic fans, such as yourself, are comparing it to the past. It’s obviously not going to be the exact same! You can’t dwell on that fact, there’s going to be different actors and different dialogs. The writers are obviously not the same. So let it stand on it’s own instead of comparing it with past Green Hornet films. Just because it didn’t live up to it’s past doesn’t make it, as quoted from you, “an epic fail.” The movie was quite good, coming from one who doesn’t lean towards action-packed films.

  • Shazam!

    I saw the Green Hornet last night and wish I could get back those 2 hours. I like a good entertaining movie as much as the next guy – but the movie just never seemed to take itself seriously. Kato was the only decent thing about the movie – ironic given that Bruce Lee added the same credibility to TV series.
    More than anything I was disapointed but not really surprised. Seth Rogan has his gifts, but it’s clear he bit off more than he could chew on this. I think he holds his own particular brand of comedy in too high esteem. It’s funny as part of an ensemble, but not when it’s the entire flavour of the movie. Too bad.