OK, so I took an extra week off during my Christmas Break, sue me… or is that sylvester me now? Nevermind, let's recap what's happened since the holidays in preparation for next week's declaration of winnertude.
TRUE GRIT TRUER THAN FAKE TRON
Last year we had three films make over $60 million over Christmas Weekend. This year even the top two combined didn't do that.
Little Fockers and True Grit opened to $30.8 and $24.8 million respectively. Well, respectively for True Grit as it was the biggest opening ever for a Coen Brothers movie. Not so respective for Little Fockers as it was $15 million less than Meet The Fockers debuted with in 2004. This might put the kibosh on the next film, 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Focker.
While Avatar only dropped an amazing 1.8% from its first weekend to its second, Tron was unplugged 55%. I'm sensing a big clearance sale at Target for all those Tron toys they had in stock real soon. They can put them right next to the Prince of Persia and The Last Airbender sections.
Meanwhile Yogi Bear made more in its second weekend than Gulliver's Travels made in its first. It might be a weak battle this year to see who the kiddie film champ is of winter break, yet it's Jack Black that looks like he has a Boo Boo.
With True, Little, and Gulliver being the last three holiday season films released, it all came down to rinse, cycle, and repeat over the next two weekends. New Year's Eve weekend was especially lucrative as almost all the films held or did even better that weekend. However, as 2011 really began, the films started to show their age and were all back down to their declining ways.
As to the Top Five, Due Date was due to drop out and Unstoppable was anything but. Those two films have been replaced with Tron and Little Fockers. True Grit is the holiday release with the most momentum though, yet it has just one more 3-day weekend to try and make the jump.
Meanwhile, the real surprise of the holiday break was Tangled quietly making money hand over hair. Apparently, a lot of families preferred seeing a good film a second time over wasting it on Yogi and Gulliver once.
The Top Five If Today Was MLK Day:
#1. Harry Potter 7: Part 1 - $287.7 million
#3. Tangled - $175.8 million
#4. Tron Legacy - $148.2 million
#2. MegaMind - $144.7 million
#5. Little Fockers - $123.7 million
Cue the music for The Final Countdown song. I feel like the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys after they had to sit through Manos: The Hands of Fate. At some point you just can't keep making fun about how bad this movie season has been and it just starts to hurt. In a good sense, because the "big" films have been so lousy, a lot of the smaller films have gotten a lot of exposure which is great for The Fighter, Black Swan, and The King's Speech. Maybe I should start doing a Top Five art house films… Nah! We're just four months away from four superhero movies, 2 animated sequels, a fourth Pirates movie, and a third Transformers movie… BRING IT!!!
by Matt Neuenburg on 12/30/2010
Movies Mentioned in this Post:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I,
Yogi Bear 3D