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‘Fockers’ Tops Christmas Weekend Box Office With $34 Million

Dec. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The comedy “Little Fockers” led the Christmas weekend box office in the U.S. and Canada, taking in $34 million in ticket sales for Universal Pictures.

“True Grit,” the Western drama from directors and brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, opened in second place with $25.6 million for Paramount Pictures, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement.

Ticket revenue fell for a seventh consecutive weekend, narrowing chances that 2010 box-office sales will exceed last year’s record $10.6 billion, Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com’s box-office service, said in an interview.

“Little Fockers” is the third film in the series about two incompatible families linked by marriage. The first two movies generated $847 million worldwide for Universal, which is owned by General Electric Co.

Robert De Niro plays an overbearing father and Ben Stiller is his hapless son-in-law who is unable to please him. In the latest film, Stiller’s character must once again prove himself as the families get together to celebrate a birthday.

“True Grit,” from Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures, stars Jeff Bridges as the grizzled, trigger happy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. A 1969 version of the film brought a best-actor Oscar to John Wayne for his portrayal of Cogburn.

In the new movie, based on Charles Portis’s novel, 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.

“Tron: Legacy,” Walt Disney Co.’s sequel to the 1982 movie about a man trapped inside a video game, fell to third from first with $20.1 million. The film also stars Jeff Bridges, 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.

To contact the reporters 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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