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‘Little Fockers’ laughs its way to box office lead

‘Little Fockers’ laughs its way to box office lead
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First Published: Tue, Jan 04 2011. 09 14 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 04 2011. 09 14 AM IST
Los Angeles: “Little Fockers,” the third installment of Robert De Niro-Ben Stiller comedies about nightmare in-laws, topped the North American box office for a second week in a row, figures showed Monday.
The film grossed $25.8 million over the three-day New Year’s Eve weekend, with total ticket sales soaring past the 100-million mark just 12 days after its release, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen came in second with their remake of the John Wayne western “True Grit.”
Jeff Bridges plays drunken, hard-nosed US Marshal “Rooster” Cogburn in the new version of the 1969 classic, which took in $24.4 million a week after giving the Coen brothers their best-ever opening.
Bridges also stars in the third top-seller—“TRON: Legacy”—which captured $18.8 million in ticket sales in its third weekend.
The sequel to the 1982 sci-fi cult hit stars 61-year-old Oscar-winner Bridges appearing opposite a computer-generated version of his younger self from the original movie.
The original “TRON”—about a hacker transported into a computer game world—was one of the first-ever computer animated films. It did well at the box office and became a cult hit for a generation of budding sci-fi fans.
The 3-D and partly computer animated family film “Yogi Bear” reclaimed the fourth spot after slipping to fifth last weekend, earning $12.4 million.
It was followed by “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third installment in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series based on the classic C.S. Lewis children’s books, which earned $10.3 million.
Mark Wahlberg’s boxing drama “The Fighter,” came in sixth with $10 million, followed by the animated Disney fable “Tangled,” about long-haired Princess Rapunzel, netting 9.8 million.
The Jack Black 3D comedy “Gulliver’s Travels,” based on Jonathan Swift’s 1726 novel about a voyage to the Lilliput kingdom of tiny people, held at a disappointing eighth place in its second weekend, with 9.3 million.
Ballet thriller “Black Swan,” starring Natalie Portman as a dancer in a New York company exploring the dark sides of the industry and her own sensuality, held at ninth place with $8.9 million in ticket sales.
Rounding out the top ten was the British historical drama “The King’s Speech,” featuring Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI who is helped to overcome his impediment by an eccentric therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.
It earned $7.8 million in a limited showing in 700 theaters.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 04 2011. 09 14 AM IST