Box office update: 'Green Hornet' tops Friday with $10.8 mil

Green-Hornet-S-RogenImage Credit: Jaimie TruebloodThe Green Hornet landed with more of a box-office prick than a sting, collecting $10.8 million on Friday, according to studio estimates. That puts the $110 million movie, starring Seth Rogen as the titular superhero, on pace for a four-day holiday weekend grab of about $36 million. Industry sources were predicting a debut of at least $40 million, so this result is a mild disappointment. Still, it may be too early to accurately gauge how Hornet will play out the rest of the frame. Despite acidic reviews, audiences polled by CinemaScore gave it a favorable “B+” rating, and those under 18 handed it an “A.” With many kids out of school on Monday, Hornet could inch its way back to that $40 million expectation.

The Vince Vaughn-Kevin James comedy The Dilemma, on the other hand, opened right in line with industry projections. The $70 million Ron Howard film grossed $6.1 million on Friday, which suggests a four-day tally of around $21 million. Its three-day total is headed toward $18 million, which is a significant step down from Vaughn’s last two opening weekends — Couples Retreat ($34.3 million) and Four Christmases ($31.1 million). In third was True Grit, which dropped only 28 percent from last weekend to trot away with $3.2 million on Friday. The King’s Speech, which doubled its theater count to 1,543 this weekend, rose to fourth place with $2.4 million. And Black Swan continued its extraordinary run with $2.4 million as well, although estimates place it $55,000 behind King’s Speech. By the end of the holiday weekend, the Darren Aronofsky ballet thriller’s cumulative gross should be within tippy-toe distance of $75 million.

1. The Green Hornet — $10.8 mil
2. The Dilemma — $6.1 mil
3. True Grit — $3.2 mil
4. The King’s Speech — $2.4 mil
5. Black Swan — $2.4 mil

Box office preview: Green Hornet tries to attract swarm of moviegoers

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  • First Apostle

    I was the FIRST one to say this movie wasn’t gonna be all that bad. The FIRST. THE FIRST!!!

    • second

      The Dilemma was so much fun!

      • heavenly day

        I agree. And the actors gave it their all. Especially Vince

      • Amanda Kiwinerd

        It was utter crap.

      • Will

        You work for the studio, second?

        The Dilemma has been getting horrible critic and audience reviews. Did you like Couples Retreat too?

      • V

        Amanda and Will I disagree with you guys. Quit hating.

      • v

        Amanda and Will, I disagree with you two. Quit hating.

      • v

        Did not mean to write that twice, this website does not post comments right away.

      • sara

        i went saw dilemma it was funny to

      • Luck

        Which came first, the problem or the sltuoion? Luckily it doesn’t matter.

    • Joan Alperin Schwartz

      the Two Jews On Film thought it was pretty bad. Seth Rogen was way too our of shape to play a super hero and the jokes were all glib one liners. It was a big vanity piece for Rogen. We didn’t give this film a lot of bagels at all.

      • Lisa Simpson

        Jews suck anyway, gives a rat’s ass what your people think!

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    • Bill from Las Vegas

      The only thing good about this movie is that they didn’t mess too much with the Black Beauty!!! Didn’t like the machine guns popping out of the hood. Anything with Seth Rogen in it ends up being a cinematic turd!!!!

  • Tony

    I saw The Green Hornet last night and it was a great, fun movie. Anyone who bashes it is taking it too seriously and not for what it is – entertainment.

  • datruth82

    Saw it Friday with a friend and we LOVED it! Most hilarious movie we’ve seen in a long time. The banter starts off a little stiff b/t Rogen and Chou, but once it gets going, the two of them had us rolling in our seats. And, Cristoph Waltz (sp?) as Chudnofsky/Bloodnofsky was the most neurotically insecure villain that I think has ever put on screen. “What? I don’t scare you? I’m not scary? What can I do to be more scary?”…”Of course I brought a gas mask”. Going to see it a second time.

  • CommonSense

    This movie was great, kudos to Seth Rogen for great writing and performance. This was probably the best “bromance” movie since ‘The Hangover’

  • Matt1

    GH was good, 3D was pointless.

  • PNK

    What about Rabbit Hole or Casino Jack? How’d their openings do?
    And where does The Fighter fit? I know these are indie films, but they are my faves!

    • thin

      Not in the top 5, which is all this article is discussing.

  • steph

    I’m happy GH is doing well. I want to see it!

  • Lissy

    The Dilemma sucked–BIG TIME and The Green Hornet was disappointing but tolerable.

    • haha

      Like you really saw 2 movies that quick. They both just opened yesterday-plus one is extra money because 3d. You’re just negative bluff.

    • Jose

      Umm, it is possible to see two films in one day. Plus Green Hornet was also available in 2D.

  • Nealyo

    You think those were bad, just wait until the Mechanic comes out. My kid bro took me to an advance screening & I actually fell asleep. It’s Jason Statham’s WORST action flick EVER.

    • Chris

      How many good movies does Statham actually have? Snatch. Bank Job. Italian Job. The first Transporter. The rest suck.

      • thin

        I liked the first Crank, too. (the second, not so much)

  • Jackie

    I’m glad to see that ‘The King’s Speech’ is doing well. I’m going to see it tomorrow, and I can’t wait! :)

  • anonymous

    Hey Ed. I hear they are looking for movie ushers at theatres playing The Black Swan.

  • Nick

    Black Swan is fantastic. So glad it’s doing well at the box office.

  • dominic

    I just saw The King’s Speech today, and it was wonderful. The Academy might as well give Colin Firth the Best Actor Oscar right now. Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter were equally amazing. I’m still off for break for one more week, so I’ll probably go see Black Swan pretty soon.

  • Mikey M

    Miscasting for the lead and horrible reviews. I am staying away.

  • Barry

    What 4 day weekend? I have to work on Monday; only the government is shut down. But then again, the government has been shut down since Obama’s inauguration back in 2009.

    • lol

      bitterrrrrr. Most public schools are out too.

    • TheShekster

      Join a union, duh!!!!

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