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'Tron: Legacy' Tops Friday Box Office With $18 Mil

Tron Legacy

Disney's Tron: Legacy grossed a solid $18 million as it debuted Friday in 3,451 theaters domestically, putting the 3D fanboy pic north of $40 million for the weekend.

But overall, theater traffic was soft, worrying distribution execs across Hollywood, considering the cost of some of the films.

Sony's pricey How Do You Know, directed by James L. Brooks, ended up tying with Sony/GK Films' holdover The Tourist, in its debut. Both films grossed an estimated $2.6 million, coming in No. 5 and No. 6.

Going into the weekend, tracking for How Do You Know, starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson, was very soft, but it was still expected to beat The Tourist.

Toplining Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, Tourist likely benefited from Golden Globe nominations for the two actors, although that pic isn't doing so well either. The film's cume was $24.6 million through Friday, its eighth day in release. Tourist is playing in 2,756 theaters; How Do You Know, 2,483.

Coming in No. 2 behind Tron for the day was Warner Bros.' 3D family offering Yogi Bear, which debuted to $4.6 million from 3,515 runs.

Paramount and Relativity Media's awards favorite The Fighter came into the ring particularly strong, grossing an estimated $3.9 million from 2,503 theaters to rank No. 3 for the day. The film opened the previous weekend in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide Friday. The film cost a reasonable $25 million to produce.

Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan, another awards frontrunner, also made a major expansion Friday. The move paid off as the film grossed an impressive $2.5 million from only 959 runs. All eyes will be on Black Swan to see if it can pull ahead of How Do You Know for the weekend.

Saturday will be a key test for Tron in terms of whether it can get younger auds. On Friday, the 3D pic played primarily to older males. Tron cost nearly $170 million to produce.