'Fockers' Soft, 'Grit' Solid on Wednesday

by Brandon Gray

December 23, 2010

In their Wednesday debuts, Little Fockers was a far cry from its predecessor, and True Grit (2010) was solid for a Western.

Little Fockers collected an estimated $7.2 million on approximately 5,000 screens at 3,536 locations, which wasn't much better than Tron Legacy's $5.6 million sixth day. More importantly, it paled in relation to predecessor Meet the Fockers, which offered an apples-to-apples comparison because it opened on the same day and date with a similar release pattern in 2004. Meet the Fockers grossed $12.1 million, and, in estimated attendance, it more than doubled Little Fockers.

If Little Fockers were to follow Meet the Fockers' pattern, it would wind up with $42 million by Sunday (Meet the Fockers had $70.5 million or over $90 million adjusted for ticket price inflation) and would ultimately gross less than the first movie, Meet the Parents (and trail much further in attendance). Meet the Parents' final gross was $166.2 million ($245 million adjusted) and Meet the Fockers' was $279.3 million ($350 million adjusted).

True Grit pulled in $5.5 million on around 3,900 screens at 3,047 locations, generating more business in a single day than star Jeff Bridges' last December Western, Wild Bill, did in its entire run. It also made more in a single day than co-star Josh Brolin's Jonah Hex did in its first weekend. True Grit's most comparable release in style and release scope, 3:10 to Yuma (2007) (and also a remake), earned $4.7 million in its first day (with nearly the same attendance), but True Grit is better positioned with its Christmas timing.

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