'Season of the Witch's' $3.7 Mil Debut Is No Match for 'True Grit,' 'Fockers'
8:43 AM PST 1/8/2011 by Pamela McClintock
Relativity Media’s Season of the Witch opened to an estimated $3.7 million from 2,816 theaters at the Friday box office to place No. 3 behind Paramount’s True Grit -- which all but jumped the $100 million mark -- and Universal’s Little Fockers.
Season of the Witch’s modest debut was in line with expectations, since Relativity knew tracking was soft going into the weekend. Medieval action pic stars Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. Screen Gems’ new wide entry Country Strong, came in No. 5 on Friday as it expanded from a two-city run to 1,584 theaters nationwide. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Country Strong grossed an estimated $2.6 million, in line with predictions. Staying at No. 1, True Grit grossed an estimated $4.5 million from 3,124 theaters for a cume of $99.9 million. Fockers grossed an estimated $4.2 million to place No. 2. Comedy’s cume is $114.4 million. Disney holdover Tron: Legacy grossed an estimated $2.7 million from 3,013 locations for a cume of $140.8 million. Fanboy pic placed No. 4. Like True Grit, other awards frontrunners continued to do solid business. Placing No. 6 on Friday was Fox Searchlight holdover Black Swan, which grossed an estimated $2.4 million from 1,584 theaters theaters for a cume of $55.5 million. Paramount and Relativity’s The Fighter grossed $2.2 million from 2,528 locations for a cume of $53 million to place No. 7. Coming in at No. 8, the Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech grossed an estimated $1.8 million from 758 theaters for a cume of $28.2 million. For the weekend overall, Country Strong could end up swapping positions with Tron and come in No. 5. Country Strong cost $12 million to produce, so Sony and Screen Gems are on solid ground financially. Season of the Witch cost $40 million to produce, with much of the budget financed through foreign presales.
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