Image Credit: Glen Wilson As we thought it would, Little Fockers focked over the rest of the competition on Wednesday, coming in at the top spot but still pulling in under expectations with only $7.2 million, according to early estimates. Maybe last-minute reshoots, Dustin Hoffman being added in post-production, and pretty uniformly unenthusiastic reviews affected people’s desire to see Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro awkwardly battle each other for a third time. The comedy will have to perform very well throughout the rest of the elongated weekend in order to meet Universal’s predictions. It almost certainly won’t do as well as Meet the Fockers, which opened in nearly identical conditions six years ago and ended up raking in over $70 million for the full Christmas weekend.
Those using the box-office battle of True Grit vs. Little Fockers as a referendum on America’s cultural future should take some hope: The Coen Brothers Western performed above expectations, managing a healthy $5.5 million, placing it just below TRON: Legacy, which is now in its second week. The neon-techno blockbuster sequel managed to keep its light-bikes going strong, and its cumulative gross is now up to $62 million. Without a doubt, the final month of 2010 belongs to Jeff Bridges.
Rounding out the last two spots in Wednesday’s top five are family films Yogi Bear and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with $2.9 and $2.5 million, respectively. After another expansion, Black Swan continues to dance its crazed pas de deux of success, hitting No. 7 and pulling its total take so far past the $20 million mark.
1. Little Fockers: $7.2 mil
2. TRON: Legacy: $5.6 mil
3. True Grit: $5.5 mil
4. Yogi Bear: $2.9 mil
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: $2.5 mil