'Fockers,' 'True Grit' Lead Holiday Monday Box Office

True Grit - Movie Still - 2010
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'Gulliver's Travels' continues to struggle as East Coast theaters see business return after big snow.

Business picked up at the domestic box office on Monday as the East Coast dug itself out of piles of snow and as kids across the country on holiday from school looked for something to do.

With some adults returning to work, family films saw narrower drops than adult fare, although 20th Century Fox’s Gulliver’s Travels continued to struggle, coming in No. 7 for the day with an estimated gross of $2.7 million from 2,546 for a three day cume of $9 million.

Universal’s Little Fockers, Paramount’s True Grit and Disney’s Tron: Legacy continued to take the the top three spots on the B.O. chart, respectively.

Fockers grossed an estimated $8.5 million from 3,536 theaters for a cume of $53.6 million. Film is still pacing well behind 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers.

Critically acclaimed True Grit continued to overperform for a Western, grossing an estimated $7.1 million from 3,047 locations for a cume of $43.2 million—only $10 million behind Fockers, which had been expected to breakout during the lucrative Christmas-New Year’s stretch because of being a broad comedy. Both films opened Dec. 22.

Tron, opening Dec. 17, is coming close to the $100 million mark domestically, grossing an estimated $6.3 million from 3,451 theaters on Monday for a cume of $93.7 million.

Usually, box office revenues fall off dramatically midweek. Not so for this week. On Monday, Fockers was down only 25% from Sunday and True Grit, 25%.

PG-rated fare saw even narrow drops, reflecting the availability of families.

Tron was down 16%, while Warner Bros.’ Yogi Bear was up 11%. Yogi, which has generally underperformed since opening Dec. 17, grossed $3.6 million on Monday to place No. 4. Pic’s cume is $39.5 million.

Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was down 4%, grossing an estimated $3.5 million from 3,532 theaters to come in No. 5 and for a cume of $66.1 million.

Disney’s Thanksgiving entry Tangled is showing impressive playability, grossing an estimated $3.2 million—up 23% from Sunday. Film, placing No. 6,  should jump the $150 million mark today domestically, with a cume of $146.9 million through Monday.

Gulliver’s was down 6% from Sunday. Considering it is the freshest family title in the market, having opened Christmas Day, Fox is disappointed that it can’t beat out holdovers.

Adult-skewing awards contenders Black Swan and The Fighter placed No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, for the day. Black Swan, down 8% from Sunday, grossed an estimated $2.4 million from 1,466 theaters for a cume of $31.1 million -- the top gross of the year for a platform release.

Paramount and Relativity Media’s The Fighter, down 17% from Sunday, grossed an estimated $2.4 million from 2,511 runs for a pleasing cume of $29 million.

The Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech continued to make gains, grossing an estimated $1.7 million on Monday from only 700 locations for a cume of $10.1 million. Film was down 17% from Sunday.