'Green Hornet' Opens With $11.1 Mil; 'King's Speech' Expansion Pays Off
Sony's 3D superhero pic The Green Hornet grossed an estimated $11.1 million as it opened in 3,584 theaters Friday, coming in on the lower end of expectations but still on track to become one of the top Martin Luther King Jr. holiday titles of all time.
Green Hornet's numbers were on the softer side earlier in the evening, but West Coast business helped make up ground. Younger moviegoers gave the movie an A- CinemaScore, which Sony hopes will spur strong word-of-mouth. Green Hornet didn't match the $11.8 million opening day gross for The Book of Eli a year ago, but did beat first day numbers for Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which opened on the same weekend in 2009 ($9.8 million)
Kevin James, star of Paul Blart, is in another movie this year, but it didn't fare as well as Hornet. Ron Howard's The Dilemma, from Universal, opened at No. 2 behind Green Hornet, grossing $6.1 million from 2,940 theaters. James stars opposite Vince Vaughn.
Paramount's True Grit remained a box-office hero, grossing an estimated $3.2 million from 2,940 theaters for a cume of $118.4 million in its fourth weekend. It came in No. 3.
The Weinstein Co.'s The King's Speech scored a coup in placing No. 4 for the day as it expanded nationwide. Film grossed an estimated $2.5 million from 1,543 theaters to narrowly beat Fox Searchlight's Black Swan and place No. 3 for the day. King's Speech, which was playing on roughly 750 theaters last weekend, has now grossed $38 million domestically.
Black Swan, which upped its theater count from roughly 1,550 to 2,328 on Friday, grossed an estimated $2.4 million for a cume of $67.3 million. Pic placed No. 4.
Both King's Speech and Black Swan are up for top awards at Sunday's Golden Globes. King's Speech received the most nods of any film.