Following a light opening week for 2011’s crop of movies, The Green Hornet led the way at the box office this weekend with a cool $34 million in ticket sales, a number which will surely get a nice boost today with a good portion of the country off from work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a strong opening for a movie that has received mostly negative-leaning mixed reviews (not here on Spinoff though), with a 43% rating on RottenTomatoes.
Trailing behind Hornet in a distant second is the Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. The Universal release took in $17.1 million for the weekend, which is low in comparison to the stars’ other recent ventures, Couples Retreat and Grown Ups, respectively. Between both The Green Hornet and The Dilemma, the weekend’s new offerings served up a little something for everybody. It’s no surprise seeing the newcomers top the charts on what is traditionally a middling box office weekend.
Unsurprisingly, the lower portion of the weekend top five is populated by three big awards season contenders. Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit continues to do magnificently well, now adding another $11.2 million in box office sales and bringing the film’s cumulative take to $126.4 million. It is the biggest-earning effort domestically from the brother filmmakers to date, far ahead of the $74 million their 2007 Oscar-winner No Country for Old Men took in.
The four and five spots go to The King’s Speech and Black Swan with $9 million and $8.1 million, respectively. With last night’s Golden Globes fueling interest in the awards season, it’s no surprise seeing these come out ahead of other recent releases Little Fockers, TRON Legacy, Yogi Bear and Season of the Witch, which fall into the 6, 7, 8 and 10 spots, respectively. David O. Russell’s The Fighter, another bit of awards bait, sits at number 9 for the weekend with $5.1 million, though last night’s strong Golden Globes showing will certainly fuel ticket sales for it in the weeks to come.