Seth Rogen proved he can play an action hero, after “The Green Hornet” landed on top of the box office over the three-day holiday weekend. But the box office take overall was down a disappointing 25 percent over last year’s.
Universal’s comedy “The Dilemma,” helmed by Ron Howard, finished second based on three-day estimates, which were the lowest for the top 10 films in four years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Green Hornet,” which cost $100 million to make, grossed $34 million over the weekend, helped by higher 3-D and IMAX ticket prices. Overseas “The Green Hornet” opened in 35 markets and grossed $16 million.
The film is battling negative reviews, a troubled production history and a last-minute change in release dates from December to Jan. 14.
“The Dilemma” took in a flacid $17.4 million in its debut on 2,940 screens, according to boxofficemojo.
Vince Vaughn and Kevin James star in the $70 million movie about a small business owner who witnesses the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend and business partner (James) kissing another man.
The movie is also fighting bad reviews and perhaps some residual bad feelings from a trailer that included a lame gay joke.
“True Grit” is essentially taking a victory lap taking in an estimated $11.2 million after four weeks to gross $124.6 million.
The Golden Globes and the Oscars could give the film a second or third wind.
Two films that debuted in limited release, “Black Swan” and “The Kings Speech” are finally getting to spread their wings. Both are strong Oscar contenders.
Colin Firth’s King’s Speech went out to 1,543 theaters from about 700 screens. It’s grossed $44.5 million to date, according to the Weinstein company. He won best actor at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Fox Searchlight’s sleeper hit “Black Swan,” starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, expanded to 2,328 screens from 750 last weekend. It grossed $8.1 million over the weekend and has built a $73 million box office since its debut.
“Little Fockers,” the Ben Stiller comedy took in $7.1 million pushing its gross up to $134.4 million, which makes it a certified hit.
Overseas, “The Fockers” has grossed $111 million to bring the total box office to $245 million.
Paramount’s “The Fighter,” another Golden Globe and Oscar contender that just won best supporting actor and actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards, grossed $5.1 million to push his gross to $65.7 million.
In flop territory, Nicolas Cage’s medieval action-adventure fantasy “Season of the Witch” and Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Country Strong” continued to struggle.