While no one could exactly say that The Green Hornet spent the Martin Luther King holiday weekend flying high, the Seth Rogen action comedy (or is it superhero adventure with laughs?) still managed to flit to the top of the US box office. The film earned $34 million this weekend, enough to score the number one spot and to fight off competition from the new Ron Howard/Vince Vaughn combo, The Dilemma. Hornet will need to earn a lot more (and do well here as well as overseas) to make back what was apparently a ballooning budget, but we’re sure Rogen and co won’t be too disappointed.
Howard and Vaughn, on the other hand, can’t be pleased at The Dilemma only opening to $17 million, with audiences largely turning their noses up at the new comedy. Compare that to the rousing success of True Grit, which slipped to third place with $11.2 million and has now taken in $126.4 million. Also doing well were fellow awards-friendly titles The King’s Speech (up from ninth to fourth with $9 million) and Black Swan (sticking in fifth with $8.1 million).
Sixth place found Little Fockers sliding down the charts, nabbing $7.1 million and Tron Legacy beginning its real fall at seventh with $.5.6 million. Yogi Bear clung to eighth like a bear in a tree, earning $5.3 million, while The Fighter punched its weight at ninth with $5.1 million and poor old Season of the Witch fell like a stone from third down to 10th, making $4.5 million and a $17.9 million total as it hits every branch on the flop tree on its way.
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