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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.