New openers No Strings Attached and 127 Hours each performed well over the weekend with a haul of $2.2m and $1.2m respectively, pulling ahead of the Colin Firth drama The King’s Speech and the psychological thriller Black Swan, both of which are demonstrating serious staying power. The biggest tumble came in the form of Russell Crowe’s thriller The Next Three Days which took over 50% less than it did last weekend, while the Coen brothers’ western True Grit and the James Cameron-produced Sanctum took a similar hit.
A stack of new releases this week will threaten much of the top 10 as it currently stands. The latest Big Momma instalment will attract a niche but sizeable crowd, while the emotive drama Rabbit Hole will open modestly but should receive a boost from Kidman’s Oscar-nominated performance. Expect Disney’s animated Shakespearean adventure Gnomeo and Juliet to dwarf the competition.
AUSTRALIAN WEEKEND BOX OFFICE RESULTS: 10-13 FEBRUARY 2011
Film Title, Distributor, Box Office ($)
1. NO STRINGS ATTACHED, PARAMOUNT, 2,217,421
2. 127 HOURS, FOX, 1,198,127
3. THE KING’S SPEECH, PARAMOUNT/TRANSMISSION, 1,197,664
4. BLACK SWAN, FOX, 1,176,922
5. HEREAFTER, WARNER BROS, 1,017,222
6. TRUE GRIT, PARAMOUNT, 892,797
7. JAMES CAMERON PRESENTS SANCTUM, UNIVERSAL, 845,049
8. THE GREEN HORNET, SONY PICTURES, 499,101
9. THE NEXT THREE DAYS, ROADSHOW, 403,147
10. THE FIGHTER, ROADSHOW, 394,359