‘Little Fockers’ Finishes No. 1 at Box Office Again

The comedy “Little Fockers” led the box office in the U.S. and Canada for a second weekend, taking in $25.8 million in ticket sales for Universal Pictures.

“True Grit,” a remake of the 1969 Western drama, repeated as the No. 2 film with $24.4 million in receipts for Paramount Pictures, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement. No new films opened in wide release.

Sales for 2010 fell to $10.57 billion from 2009’s record $10.6 billion, while attendance tumbled 5.2 percent, Hollywood.com said. On a weekly basis, revenue for the top 12 movies fell 29 percent, an eighth straight drop. Sales at this time last year were dominated by “Avatar,” which went on to become the top-grossing film of all time.

“‘Avatar’ was making monster business a year ago and we have nothing that even comes close to that,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of the Box Office Guru website. “There are a bunch of movies that are decent, but not as exciting as a year ago.”

“Little Fockers” is the third film in the series starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro as incompatible in-laws who clash during family gatherings. The film, which took in $102.6 million in 12 days, had a 16 percent drop in sales from a week earlier, the largest of any film in wide release, said Pandya.

‘Pretty Good’

The previous film in the series, “Meet the Fockers,” dropped more on the second weekend, Pandya said.

The new film is “holding up a little bit better and the movie is much worse.”

“True Grit,” directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, stars Jeff Bridges as heavy-drinking Deputy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. The ’60s version of the film brought a best-actor Oscar to John Wayne for his portrayal of Cogburn. Hailee Steinfeld plays Mattie Ross, a strong-willed teen who seeks Cogburn’s help in tracking down the man who killed her father. Matt Damon and Josh Brolin co-star.

The film, which has taken $86.7 million, is the highest grossing film ever for the Coen brothers, said Pandya.

“Their movies never make this kind of money,” he said. “So the fact that they’ve made nearly $87 million in just 12 days is astonishing.”

Disney Movie

“Tron: Legacy,” Walt Disney Co.’s sequel to the 1982 movie about a man trapped inside a video game, was third again, with $18.8 million in sales. The film also stars Bridges, this time as a programmer who has remained in the cyber world for two decades. His son, played by Garrett Hedlund, is pulled into the game to help him plot an escape. Olivia Wilde co-stars.

“Yogi Bear,” based on the television cartoon, climbed to fourth place from fifth with sales of $12.4 million. The film from Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. features the voices of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as his pal, Boo Boo.

Both “Yogi Bear” and “Tron: Legacy” were filmed in 3-D, a technology that is now perceived as common, according to Pandya.

“There are too many of these movies out there and a 3-D movie is not a special event anymore,” he said. “Studios were looking at families as being suckers who would pay anything for 3-D, but instead the consumers started to stay home.”

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third film based on the C.S. Lewis books, fell to fifth from fourth with sales of $10.3 million for News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox, the distributor. The movie has made $86.9 million in four weeks of release.

The amounts below are based on actual ticket sales for Dec. 31 through today.

                         Rev.            Avg./   Pct.  Total
Movie                   (mln) Theaters  Theater  Chg.  (mln) Wks
=================================================================

 1 LITTLE FOCKERS        25.8   3,554    7,250   -16   102.6   2
 2 TRUE GRIT             24.4   3,083    7,920    -2    86.7   2
 3 TRON: LEGACY (3-D)    18.8   3,365    5,574    -2   131.3   3
 4 YOGI BEAR             12.4   3,515    3,523    57    65.8   3
 5 CHRONICLES OF NARNIA  10.3   2,948    3,478     8    86.9   4
 6 THE FIGHTER           10.0   2,534    3,948    32    46.4   4
 7 TANGLED                9.8   2,582    3,797    53   167.8   6
 8 GULLIVER’S TRAVELS     9.3   3,089    3,011    47    27.5   2
 9 BLACK SWAN             8.9   1,553    5,719    42    47.8   5
10 THE KING’S SPEECH      7.8     700   11,108    73    22.9   6
11 THE TOURIST            6.6   2,756    2,404    23    54.6   4
12 HARRY POTTER           4.7   1,732    2,686    46   283.5   7


Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $148.6        $209.2      -29.0


Year-to-date Revenue

     2011          2010
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
      $110          $137      -19.5

Year-to-date Attendance:     -19.5%

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at mwhite8@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net.

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