'Little Fockers' Tops Holiday Box Office
The Focker family is still making magic at the box office. Little Fockers, the third movie in the Ben Stiller–Robert DeNiro comedy series, took in $34 million over the three-day Christmas weekend, and $48.3 million in the five days it has been in theaters.
True Grit, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, earned $25.6 million, the highest-grossing opening for a Western movie ever. It was also the biggest opening weekend of the Coen brothers' career, passing 2008's Burn After Reading.
In third place, Tron Legacy took in $20.1 million, a relatively high posting given the movie's niche appeal. The weekend's other major opening, Jack Black's Gulliver's Travels, which opened on Christmas Day, grossed $7.2 million in two days, landing in seventh place for the weekend.
Last year's Christmas weekend was the highest-grossing holiday weekend ever, buoyed by Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Overall business was down 44 percent this year, in part due to a lack of blockbusters and also because Christmas Eve fell on a Friday. –ISHITA SINGH
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