BOX OFFICE: Focking ‘Fockers’

Posted by · 11:04 am · December 26th, 2010

“True Grit” looks to end up the highest-grossing western since “Unforgiven,” and hopefully a box office bump from a number of Oscar nods will be nice.  Whew.

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  • 1 12-26-2010 at 11:08 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    It is a crying shame that Little Fockers gets so many default dollars.

    Somewhat related, I’ve been trying to put together a most anticipated of 2011 list and the studio offerings for the next 12 months are simply dire. Almost everything looks like Little Fockers quality. The only things I can possibly imagine myself sitting through (of major studios) are Rango, Scream 4, The Tree of Life, The Muppets Movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Sitter and Contagion.

  • 2 12-26-2010 at 11:10 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    2011 looks like absolute shite. Abysmal.

  • 3 12-26-2010 at 11:36 am

    JJ1 said...

    Regarding 2011, it’s awfully early to forecast, isn’t it? haha.

    Box Office:

    Black Swan is looking very, very good.

    I “think” The Fighter seems to be doing well, can’t really tell.

    And the King’s Speech … 4.5 mill on 700 screens. Sounds pretty good, no?

    I enjoyed The King’s Speech last night and hope it does well.

  • 4 12-26-2010 at 11:39 am

    Loyal said...

    There are a few bright spots in 2011 like Tree of Life, Muppets Movie, Contagion, and Descendants. Spielberg has two films in the mix which could be prove entertaining (Horses and Belgians!!!). But otherwise it’s not looking hot.

    As for the box office, I think it’s great that The Coens, Aronofsky, and Russell are all looking at their biggest commercial hit ever. True Grit could cross 80m by the end of next weekend. With a healthy Oscar run in Jan and Feb, 130-150m might not be out of the question which would make it the 2nd highest grossing Western of all time.

    Rabbit Hole, which I love, is really struggling to find an audience. If Kidman is nominated, she’ll star in the one of the lowest grossing Best Actress nominated films ever, going back 30 years.

    Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) – 3.7m
    Requiem for a Dream (Ellen Burstyn) – 3.6m
    Frozen River (Melissa Leo) – 2.5m
    Afterglow (Julie Christie) – 2.4m
    Tumbleweeds (Janet McTeer) – 1.3m
    Anna (Sally Kirkland) – 1.2m
    The Bostonians (Vanessa Redgrave) – 1m
    Tom & Viv (Miranda Richardson) – $538k

    The dead kid plotline is really scaring audiences away which is unfortunate because the film isn’t depressing at all.

  • 5 12-26-2010 at 11:43 am

    JJ1 said...

    The King’s Speech’s 4.5 mill is also impressive given that it was only in 90 theaters Friday, correct?

  • 6 12-26-2010 at 11:55 am

    red_wine said...

    The money stuff in 2011 lies with the foreign language films, not Hollywood studio films.

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Film Socialisme, Poetry, Meek’s Cutoff, Aurora, Mysteries of Lisbon, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu, The Four Times, Certified Copy, Tuesday, After Christmas, Nostalgia for the Light, Of Gods and Men, On Tour, If I Want To Whistle I Whistle, How I Ended This Summer, etc . will be releasing.

    I have already seen some of the these and loved what I saw, specially Certified Copy (with an epic performance by Binoche) and On Tour.

  • 7 12-26-2010 at 12:06 pm

    Beau said...

    Well, there’s a simple solution to that lineup:

    Stop producing shit.

  • 8 12-26-2010 at 12:07 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    Can anyone explain the box office logic in releasing Gulliver’s Travels on Saturday? Chad?

  • 9 12-26-2010 at 1:38 pm

    Graysmith said...

    That’s really outstanding for True Grit. Couldn’t be happier to see a western do this well, especially this western too!

    It’s interesting how this whole holiday season has been such a flop for the major films, while the indies and limited releases have been cleaning up. Black Swan is already turning a profit, and it still has plenty of steam left in it. Really exciting for us fans of the smaller movies. Hollywood execs must be pulling their hair out over the abysmal performance of the mostly abysmal major films though.. Harry Potter is the only real bonafide hit, and that’s really only after you count the international grosses. Not even the likes of Megamind and Tangled are up to par with what most animated hits do.

  • 10 12-26-2010 at 1:41 pm

    Graysmith said...

    As for 2011, I’m not worried. At this point there are so many films we haven’t even heard of that could turn it into a fantastic year. It looks pretty pathetic from a tentpole/blockbuster point of view, but not much worse than this year/summer.

  • 11 12-26-2010 at 1:58 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Because Friday was Christmas Eve and nobody goes to the movies. And Wednesday was too crowded.

  • 12 12-26-2010 at 2:13 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    Thanks for the explanation, Chad. I don’t think that worked out for the studio, though.

    And I agree with 2011 sucking, blockbuster-wise, anyway. I don’t even have a Pixar film to look forward to because Cars 2 is, well, Cars 2.

  • 13 12-26-2010 at 2:31 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Movies always open on Christmas Day, although when it falls on a Saturday that’s pretty much the worst day it can fall on. Which explains why only one movie opened wide. I think True Grit was originally scheduled to open on the 25th too, but they wisely moved it to Wednesday.

  • 14 12-26-2010 at 2:39 pm

    Peter said...

    Wait the person who puts the Muppets Movie and Scream 4 (!) on his list of most anticipated movies of the year has complaints about how the next year looks?

    Oh wow, then we really must be in trouble.

    Next year looks like it will blow this one out of the water. Did we even have summer season this year?

    Oh yeah, I forgot, we had Iron Man 2 and Clash of the Titan Airbenders.

  • 15 12-26-2010 at 2:47 pm

    Mitchell said...

    I’m actually looking forward to 2011. Just because a movie is a sequel or based on a comic book doesn’t mean it’ll be bad(most anticipated: Captain America, Super 8, Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates 4, Kung Fu Panda 2). Plus there’s a lot of other middlebrow/arthouse stuff I’m excited for.

    P.S. Is Tree of Life the easiest year-in-advance Best Picture call of all-time?

  • 16 12-26-2010 at 2:49 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I’m very happy with the performance of ‘Black Swan’ thus far. Even with half the number of theaters of other films like ‘True Grit’, it’s been holding steady. That $30 mil gross is pretty excellent, and with only a fraction of theaters as ‘The Fighter’, it’s still grossing more overall. I bet it pulls above ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ next week.

    I’m seeing ‘True Grit’ next week, and I can’t wait.

  • 17 12-26-2010 at 3:19 pm

    SC said...

    I like the looks of a couple of the big franchise pictures for next year, but this is the first time in a while that Pixar’s doesn’t do much for me on the face of it (though the new “Winnie the Pooh” generates a lot of nostalgia).

    It gladdens my heart to see “Yogi Bear” dying quickly.

  • 18 12-26-2010 at 3:39 pm

    Loyal said...

    “Just because a movie is a sequel or based on a comic book doesn’t mean it’ll be bad.”

    No, of course not. You can only go by the data available.

    By using say the Marvel data, Captain America and Thor are more likely to fall in the bad-okay range than the good-great range.

    You can use the same measures to gauge Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Cars 2, and most of the other tentpole films set for release in 2011.

    It’s not being pessimistic, rather it’s being informed.

  • 19 12-26-2010 at 3:41 pm

    SC said...

    “Thor” in particular has a great creative team; I really want to see that.

  • 20 12-26-2010 at 3:52 pm

    Mitchell said...

    “By using say the Marvel data, Captain America and Thor are more likely to fall in the bad-okay range than the good-great range. ”

    I assume you’re using the Marvel/Fox data, because Marvel Studios’ resume of the two Iron Man’s and The Incredible Hulk, falls in the good-great range, at least for me.

    And I forgot to add Hangover 2 to my most anticipated blockbuster list.

  • 21 12-26-2010 at 3:58 pm

    JJ1 said...

    While it may wind up being a masterpiece, I wouldn’t call ‘Tree of Life’ a sure bet for Oscar glory. When the trailer played before Black Swan last week, a woman in back of me said “well, that looks awful. What the Hell is it even supposed to be about?”

    Anyone know how many theaters The Fighter, Black Swan, and The King’s Speech will ultimately have as their most (theyre currently at 2500, 1400, 700)?

  • 22 12-26-2010 at 4:03 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “It’s not being pessimistic, rather it’s being informed.”

    Actually, it’s being speculative, at best. If we’re trying to be 100% honest, here.

  • 23 12-26-2010 at 4:12 pm

    Kyle said...

    I’m gonna call it now, Green Lantern will be the “Iron Man/Star Trek” of 2011…at least if it even comes close to it’s potential.

  • 24 12-26-2010 at 4:22 pm

    Loyal said...

    “Actually, it’s being speculative, at best. If we’re trying to be 100% honest, here.”

    Speculative would be saying Kevin Feige, part of that great Marvel team might deliver with Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk and he could continue that hot streak into Thor and Captain America.

    Informed would be saying Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk didn’t turn out so hot as evident with the rotating above the line talent and diminished audience returns. Coupled with the Thor footage, that doesn’t bode well for the film.

  • 25 12-26-2010 at 4:39 pm

    Drew said...

    Nice to see True Grit do so well. As someone who wasn’t raised off of the traditional western genre and became more use to the darker stuff of Unforgiven and The Proposition, it was a lovley surprise of a lighter, more accessible film that I wouldn’t have expected from The Coens let alone that genre given it’s current state.

    As for the 2011 line up, there ain’t much coming out this summer that excites me. Just about all of the superhero stuff looks half assed and tiresome, (I’ll admit Green Hornet does look fun) while whatever sequels are due out barley give me enough thought to bother naming them in a comment. Though nieces and neohews will proved me with the likley burden of sitting through Cars 2.

    Some of the few afforementioned things; Tree of Life, Contagion andWar Horse are about all that catch my interest.

  • 26 12-26-2010 at 5:24 pm

    med said...

    I still don’t get what the focking fockers is supposed to mean. Fucking fuckers, perhaps?

  • 27 12-26-2010 at 6:04 pm

    Mitchell said...

    “When the trailer played before Black Swan last week, a woman in back of me said “well, that looks awful. What the Hell is it even supposed to be about?”

    Yes, but that was a teaser trailer for a movie that only big movie fans know about, for the most part. When the 1st Inception trailer played in front of Sherlock Holmes(I think) last year, people said “it was too loud.” Wasn’t exactly a harbinger of the film’s success.

  • 28 12-26-2010 at 6:13 pm

    Mitchell said...

    @med: I would think it means ‘fucking Fockers’, as in “Why are the fucking Fockers making more money than True Grit?”

  • 29 12-26-2010 at 8:56 pm

    John said...

    Here are some movies to look out for in 2011:

    -The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
    -Moon Rise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
    -Contagion (Steven Soderbergh)
    -The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Martin Scorsese)
    -A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg)
    -The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
    -Super 8 (J.J. Abrams)
    -Bernie (Richard Linklater)
    -The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar)
    -The Grandmasters (Wong Kar-wai)

  • 30 12-26-2010 at 9:08 pm

    Glenn said...

    Two 2011 I am anticipating the most? “The Tree of Life”, “The Greatest Muppets Movie Ever” and “Scream 4”. Curious bedfellows, but there ya go.

    The only thing better than seeing “True Grit” do so well is seeing “Little Fockers” do nowhere near the business of its predecessor and seeing “Gulliver’s Travels” flop like it deserves. Awful movie that one.

  • 31 12-27-2010 at 6:51 am

    Daveylow said...

    True Grit’s box office doesn’t surprise me. It’s a film that attracts families with older kids. Though I thought it was revealing that the ticket taker at my local multiplex felt obliged to tell me that she had heard True Grit was “slow.”

  • 32 12-27-2010 at 9:23 am

    JJ1 said...

    Good God, I a so sick of hearing ‘this movie was slow’ ‘that movie was slow’ ‘it was really slow’ etc.

    Every damn movie is slow. Every damn movie is longer than your average sitcom or hour-long CSI show.

    Every movie has slow/dull spots; the best one’s have the fewest.

    Everytime I hear people say that they ‘liked a movie but it was a bit slow’, or ‘that movie sucked, it was too damn slow’, it enrages me.

    Rant over.

  • 33 12-27-2010 at 11:32 am

    Filipe said...

    The Tree of Life is going to get two nominations at the 84th Academy Awards: Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.

    I think I’ll probably like it (I really want that to happen, because of the two-year waiting) , but most of the audiences and half the critics won’t embrace it because it really seems a little too pretentious.

  • 34 12-27-2010 at 5:57 pm

    JJ1 said...

    BASTARD weather in the East ruined Sunday’s box office.

    I think ‘The Fighter’ took the biggest hit; being $900,000 less than the predicted number from 2 days ago.

  • 35 12-27-2010 at 10:26 pm

    Rashad said...

    The Incredible Hulk was better than both Iron Man films, and had great action.