Image Credit: Disney The future is now. TRON: Legacy, the reboot of the 1982 cult classic, opened strong on Friday with an $18 million haul, according to early estimates. The Disney sequel, which was made for a whopping $170 million, pulled in an average of $5216 per its 3,400-some theaters. (A dollar number amped by casting a wide 3D net to 70% of those theaters.) And considering its A- score from CinemaScore audiences (A, interestingly, from the female participants), TRON: Legacy seems to have shed the mostly beloved stench of the original.
No such luck when it came to audience scores for the new James L. Brooks romantic comedy How Do You Know, starring the likable trio of Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, which pulled in just $2.5 million. It’s been a while since moviegoers have rallied around a rom com and the tender-hearted among us hoped Brooks $100 million-efforts (youch!) would mine some of his past gold. Alas, reviews were decidedly dismissive, and CinemaScore audiences slapped it with a C-. Even more depressing, the film was nudged from the No. 5 spot by The Tourist‘s equally languid numbers. Somewhere, Brooks is moaning of a broken heart.
So all those Moms and Dads out there who might now be rethinking their date night plans may have the movie-going stamina on their hands to take the kiddos to Yogi Bear. The picnic-loving bear comedy opened up in the No. 2 spot, with a Friday take of $4.6 million. Look for him to stick around as parents search for activities in these long holiday weeks off from school.
Awards season contender The Fighter, which made a huge jump from 4 to 2,503 screens this week, slugged its way to the No. 3 spot with $3.9 million. Finally, it was dreary news for Aslan fans, as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader stagnated in the No. 4 spot with $3.5 million.
1. TRON: Legacy—$18 mil
2. Yogi Bear—$4.6 mil
3. The Fighter—$3.9 mil
4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader—$3.5 mil
5. The Tourist—$2.5 mil
Box office preview: TRON: Legacy looks to leave Yogi Bear and Reese Witherspoon in dust