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Box Office: Thor Continues to Rule

Thor

Even the power of Bridesmaids isn’t enough to beat mighty Thor. The superhero flick remains at number 1 at the end of the weekend box office, earning $34.7 million.

Bridesmaids, led by Kristen Wiig’s star power, earned $26.2 million. Fast Five raced into the number 3 position with $20.4 million. Priest earned $14.9 million to lock down the number 4 spot, and Rio is down to number 5 with $8.2 million.

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Box Office: Thor Hammers Competition

Thor -- Paramount

Thor debuted as the number one film over the weekend, earning a cool $65.7 million. Fast Five, the previous number one, fell to the second spot with its $32 million take.

Jumping the Broom ($15.2 million), Something Borrowed ($13.9 million) and Rio ($8 million) finish off the top five.

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Box Office: Fast Rise to the Top for Racing Sequel

Fast Five movie

Fast Five has managed to trump all the animated comedies and big-budget productions of the year, earning $86.2 million in its opening weekend, the biggest box office debut in 2011 (so far).

The sequel drove Rio down to second place (it earned $14.7 million over the weekend). Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family earned $9.8 million in third place, and Water For Elephants nailed down fourth with $9.3 million. Disney’s lighthearted Prom had a rather dismal opening, debuting in fifth place with a $4.7 million take.

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Box Office: Rio Stays on Top

Rio - Number One at the Box Office

Rio is number one for the second week in a row. The animated family film earned $26.8 million at the box office over the weekend, barely edging out Tyler Perry’s sequel.

Madea’s Big Happy Family earned $25.8, just missing the number one mark set by Rio. Water for Elephants, driven by the much-touted on-screen pairing of Reese Witherspoon and Twilight star Robert Pattinson, debuted at third place with $17.5 million.

Hop continues to hang around in the top 5, earning $12.5 million to secure fourth place. Scream 4 fell to fifth, taking only $7.2 over the weekend.

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Box Office: Rio Trumps Scream Sequel

Bloody carnage just doesn’t compare to animated fun… at least, not this weekend. Rio soared to the top of the box office results, earning $40 million during its opening weekend to leave all the horror flicks and feelgood films in the dust (by more than $20 million).

Scream 4, the highly-anticipated and long-awaited sequel, opened in the number 2 position. The star-studded horror flick earned $19.3 million over the weekend, far below expectations. Hop fell to third place with its $11.2 million weekend take.

Soul Surfer is down to fourth place, earning $7.4 million, and Hanna fell to fifth with $7.3.

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Box Office Breakdown: Coen Brothers Show True Grit

True Grit

Their film didn't top the box office, nor did it have the best per screen average -- but Joel and Ethan Coen still have reason to smile.

, a two-time second-place finisher, has now grossed $86.7 million domestically -- a new record for the writing/directing duo. The Western, which added another $24.4 million to its total this past weekend, has officially surpassed the Coen brothers' previous record. (No Country for Old Men, released in 2007, raised $74.3 million.)

The only other notable item in the Top Ten this week was . The critically-acclaimed film replaced The Tourist in the tenth-place spot and averaged $11,108 per theater.

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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 22, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this holiday week:

  • Gulliver's Travels (PG): starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt (directed by Rob Letterman) **opens on Dec. 25**
  • Little Fockers (PG-13): starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson (directed by Paul Weitz)
  • True Grit (PG-13): starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin (directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

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Box Office Breakdown: Dawn Treader Sails Past Depp, Jolie

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader sailed to a first place finish this weekend despite a lackluster start. The latest C.S. Lewis adaptation – which was produced for an estimated $145 million – earned only $24 million in domestic sales. That figure is $31 million less than Prince Caspian’s debut and approximately $41 million below The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’s premiere.

Landing into second place was The Tourist, which rang in a disappointing $16.5 million. Although the film boasted two big A-list stars (Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie), the thriller turned in Depp’s smallest open for a wide release since 1999’s The Astronaut’s Wife.

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In Theaters This Weekend: December 10, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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