‘Little Fockers’ tops Christmas box office

Little Fockers Tops Christmas Box Office

Little Fockers, the third installment of the Universal Pictures flick starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, was No.1 at the North American box office over the three-day Christmas weekend. The movie raked in $34 million, and $48.3 million since opening on Wednesday, according to studio estimates. The figures were not that bad, but certainly not as high as Universal was hoping.

The PG-13 family comedy, which received a mediocre B- from CinemaScore, cost $100 million to make. Exactly six years ago, the first sequel Meet the Fockers brought in $46 million during its first weekend and $70.5 million in its first five days.

The Coen Brothers-directed Western True Grit landed on No. 2 with $25.6 million, and a five-day gross of $36.8 million. The gritty remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin marks the best debut for Joel and Ethan Coen. Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews by some of the best film critics, gave True Grit a 94 percent ratings approval.

“Everything about it feels fresh, new and, yes, unmistakably a Coen Brothers picture,” film critic Ken Hanke wrote. “It’s also one of the best films of the year, and almost certainly the best-looking one.”

Jack Black’s Gulliver’s Travels came in at No. 7 and made $7.2 million in its two-day release.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Hollywood.com.

1. “Little Fockers,” $34 million.
2. “True Grit,” $25.6 million.
3. “Tron: Legacy,” $20.1 million.
4. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” $10.8 million.
5. “Yogi Bear,” $8.8 million.
6. “The Fighter,” $8.5 million.
7. “Gulliver’s Travels,” $7.2 million.
8. “Black Swan,” $6.6 million.
9. “Tangled,” $6.5 million.
10. “The Tourist,” $5.7 million.