Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen might have only scored so-so with the critics, but it didn't stop audiences from turning out to see The Green Hornet this weekend. With $34 million, the new release displaced last week's top spot, True Grit, landing itself solidly in 1st place. Trailing in second with half that amount, The Dilemma, the Ron Howard comedy about lies and infidelity, made $17.4 million. Grit remained in the top three with $11.2 million, and in its fourth week has earned $126.4 million. Of these, True Grit remains an overall favorite, while Green Hornet has received moderate reviews and Dilemma hasn't found praise from either critics or audiences.
Fourth and fifth place belonged to much smaller films this weekend, defying the odds and rising through the ranks. The King's Speech earned $9 million this weekend, just ahead of Black Swan, which earned $8.1 million. Both films cost less than $15 million to make apiece, and yet continue to show strong earnings for their genres, even after several weeks at the box office. Blockbuster Little Fockers fell below both, landing in 6th with $7.1 million, though with $134 million in four weeks it hasn't shown too badly itself despite poor reviews.
Tron: Legacy rode into 7th with $5.6 million, adding a drop in the bucket to its $156.9 million earnings, while in 8th, Yogi Bear made $5.3 million, making $82 million in five weeks. At $5.1 million, The Fighter hangs onto 9th. While it made less than Yogi this weekend, Fighter has long since shown a profit in six weeks, while Yogi has just barely managed to cover its budget in five weeks, even counting foreign totals (costing $80 million to make, the worldwide totals for Yogi amounts to $95.3 million).
And in 10th, the "Worst Reviewed Movie of 2011" has taken a big plunge. Season of the Witch moves from the 3rd place spot it held last week to last, taking in $4.5 million. The medieval tale of supernatural horror has earned the derision of critics, with audiences finding it average to underwhelming.
Weekend Box-Office (1/14 – 1/16)
1. The Green Hornet…$34 million
2. The Dilemma…$17.4 million
3. True Grit…$11.2 million
4. The King's Speech…$9 million
5. Black Swan…$8.1 million
6. Little Fockers…$7.1 million
7. Tron: Legacy…$5.6 million
8. Yogi Bear…$5.3 million
9. The Fighter…$5.1 million
10. Season of the Witch…$4.5 million