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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

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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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