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January 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Coen Brothers’ True Grit showed just that as it outperformed industry forecasts for the second weekend in a row.

Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

According to studio estimates, the Paramount film, which earned about $24.5 million was edged out by Universal’s Little Fockers, which grossed some $26.3 million. With $86.8 million in ticket sales, True Grit has already become the Coens’ highest-grossing film. On a per-theater basis, Grit, which is playing at 3,083 venues, averaged $7,947, besting Fockers, which is playing at 3,554 venues and averaged $7,400. The box office as a whole lacked New Year’s fireworks, dropping 26 percent below the total gross for the same weekend a year ago. No new film opened in wide release, but two new films that opened on Wednesday in limited engagements performed well. The British film Another Year took in about $173,175 from six theaters over the five days, while The Weinstein Co.’s Blue Valentine raked in a terrific $277,945 — or $70,000 per theater — from four venues over the five days.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Little Fockers, $26.3 million; 2. True Grit, $24.5 million; 3. Tron: Legacy, $18.3 million; 4. Yogi Bear, $13 million; 5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $10.5 million; 6. Tangled, $10.01 million; 7. The Fighter, $10 million; 8. Gulliver’s Travels, $9.1 million; 9. Black Swan, $8.5 million; 10. The King’s Speech, $7.6 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Little Fockers, $25,766,485
2. True Grit, $24,416,51
3. Tron: Legacy, $18,756,973
4. Yogi Bear, $12,385,000
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $10,252,775