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January 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount’s True Grit topped Friday’s box office with about $4.5 million, edging out Universal’s Little Fockers, with about $4.2 million. Season of the Witch got off the ground with $3.7 million to place third, followed by Disney’s Tron: Legacy with an estimated $2.7 million, and Sony Screen Gems’s Country Strong, which earned about $2.76 million.


Box office analysts say that Country Strong, which opens wide this weekend, is not — strong, that is. But then, neither is Season of the Witch, which also debuts this weekend. In fact, some analysts are forecasting that True Grit may rise to the top spot in its third weekend, edging out Little Fockers, which has reigned as No. 1 for the past two weeks. (True Grit has been leading Fockers at the box office since Sunday.) In any case, they say, no movie is likely to earn more than $15 million, and each of the four top films will probably wind up with a few million dollars less than that. Indeed, they say, Country Strong will be lucky to earn $10 million. That amount would not be regarded as a significant blow to Sony’s Screen Gems, which is releasing it. The film, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow as a fallen country-music singer hoping to make a comeback, was reportedly produced for just $12.5 million.