`Grit' rides over `Fockers'

True Grit seized the reins at the weekend box office with $15 million, taking the No. 1 spot and becoming the first Western to top the $100 million mark since the 1990s, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

The Paramount release starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon bumped off Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller’s comedy, Little Fockers, which was No. 1 for the previous two weekends. Released by Universal, Little Fockers slipped to second with $13.8 million, raising its total to $124 million. True Grit, which was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, lifted its total to $110.4 million.

Among newcomers, Nicolas Cage’s supernatural thriller Season of the Witch opened at No. 3 with $10.7 million.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s country-music drama Country Strong premiered at No. 6 with $7.3 million.

Ticket sales are estimated for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. True Grit, $15 million.

2. Little Fockers, $13.8 million.

3. Season of the Witch, $10.7 million.

4. Tron: Legacy, $9.8 million.

5. Black Swan, $8.4 million.

6. Country Strong, $7.3 million.

7. The Fighter, $7 million.

8. The King’s Speech, $6.811 million.

9. Yogi Bear, $6.81 million.

10. Tangled, $5.2 million.


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