John Young
January 08, 2011 AT 09:30 PM EST

Image Credit: Lorey SebastianTrue Grit topped the box-office chart for the second Friday in a row, slipping 46 percent to gross $4.5 million, according to early estimates. The Western is about $120,000 shy of becoming the Coen brothers’ first film to pass $100 million, a milestone it will certainly reach today. But will True Grit manage to hold on to first place by the end of the weekend, or will Little Fockers storm in from behind to snatch victory once again? That’s exactly what the Ben Stiller-Robert De Niro comedy did last weekend. The movie finished yesterday just beneath True Grit with $4.2 million — a 45 percent drop from last Friday. My hunch is that True Grit will just barely fend off Little Fockers to win the frame, with both films headed toward weekend tallies of around $14 million.

The medieval supernatural thriller Season of the Witch started its crusade in third place with $3.7 million, and is headed for a weekend debut of just under $10 million. The result will be star Nicolas Cage’s worst wide-release opening since 2008’s Bangkok Dangerous. The weekend’s other new wide release, the music drama Country Strong, expanded to 1,424 theaters and collected $2.6 million on Friday — enough for fifth place. Sandwiched in between the two films was Disney’s TRON: Legacy, which slid 46 percent for $2.7 million, bringing its cumulative total to $140.8 million. The sci-fi epic will likely finish the weekend in third place with approximately $10 million. Check back here on Sunday for the complete box office report.

1. True Grit — $4.5 mil

2. Little Fockers — $4.2 mil

3. Season of the Witch — $3.7 mil

4. TRON: Legacy — $2.7 mil

5. Country Strong — $2.6 mil

Box office preview: True Grit takes another shot at Little Fockers

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