Box office report: 'No Strings Attached' grabs first place with $20.3 mil

no-strings-attached-03Image Credit: Dale RobinetteGirls ruled the weekend, as the new romantic comedy No Strings Attached attracted an audience that was 70 percent female while topping the box office with $20.3 million, according to studio estimates. The R-rated Ivan Reitman movie, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher as “friends with benefits,” was Portman’s first No. 1 picture since 2006’s V for Vendetta. CinemaScore moviegoers handed it an overall “B” rating, with women giving the modest $25 million-budget film better marks than the men they dragged along. With no upcoming romantic comedies until Adam Sandler’s Just Go with It arrives three weeks from now, Paramount is hoping that Strings can hold on to its young female base and generate a nice little run for itself.

The rest of the top five consisted of holdovers that held up, for the most part, rather well. The superhero comedy The Green Hornet fell a mild 46 percent for $18.1 million, bringing its two-week gross to $63.4 million. In third was the Vince Vaughn-Kevin James comedy The Dilemma, which followed Hornet‘s lead and dropped 45 percent for $9.7 million. The King’s Speech, which halted The Social Network awards train by winning the Producers Guild of America’s top prize Saturday night, slipped a microscopic 0.2 percent this frame. Earning $9.2 million for the weekend, the $15 million historical drama has so far collected a regal $58.6 million. And True Grit added $8 million to its box-office barbecue. The Coen brothers film has tallied $138.6 million, and the only Western ahead of it remains 1990’s Dances with Wolves, which gathered $184.2 million.

In limited release, the Peter Weir drama The Way Back, about seven World War II prisoners who escape from a Siberian labor camp, debuted to a disheartening $1.5 million from 650 theaters — a mediocre per-site average of $2,254. And the corporate-downsizing drama The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, and Tommy Lee Jones, made $767,000 at 106 theaters for a more potent per-location average of $7,236. Check back next week as the 2012 Oscar race commences with the Jason Statham remake The Mechanic and the Anthony Hopkins horror thriller The Rite.

1. No Strings Attached — $20.3 mil
2. The Green Hornet — $18.1 mil
3. The Dilemma — $9.7 mil
4. The King’s Speech — $9.2 mil
5. True Grit — $8.0 mil

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  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • NFB

      Yep. Just like lemmings pouring off a cliff. Sad.

      • Lovesthebj

        That doesn’t actually happen. Lemmings get a bad name. They don’t commit mass suicide. Your reference needs work.

      • NFB

        My reference may be to a myth but its a simile that is well known.

      • Bluto

        Which means it’s trite and a cliché. So I guess that’s apropos considering the quality of the movie—yes?

      • McNulty

        People are just like lemmings. Harvey Lemmings, my lawyer. He loves crappy movies.

      • magnus

        what the hell are Lemmings?

      • Tom

        This whole chain makes me delirious.

    • m1

      Yes, we love you, too.

    • Casey

      Sad but true.

    • DaniVT

      I’m American, I don’t like crap, and I will probably see this…Just want to mix it up a bit since the last 3 movies I saw were True Grit, Black Swan and The King’s Speech.

    • Amber

      Everybody likes crap on occasion. We aren’t cinematic vegans. We need junk food sometimes.

      • tori

        I agree! I really like the way you put that.

      • petuniafromhell


      • Julie

        A movie can be light entertainment, aka “junk food,” and still be good–those are the movies we should support. There’s no need to spend our hard-earned money on totally crappy movies, which is what this one looks like to me.

      • LOL

        Julie is right on.

      • ks

        Nicley said! I need a fun movie every once in a while

      • Sarai

        That’s what Lifetime is for…

      • REASON

        Agreed, and I think we need to keep in mind that the average moviegoer has been disappointed in Black Swan, why would they want to go see anything else the critics love? I love all types of movie, including the ones pretentious film snobs deem “crap.”

    • Carlos

      @LOL; I read in AOL news, there’s a blog with people that hate Ashton Kutcher. I never watched 70’s show with Kutcher. In my opinion Ashton Kutcher is not a great actor or has acting skills.



    • Cara

      Yes, Americans like crap and Americans are dumb. Just look at the top trending topics of Yahoo or Twitter on any given day and at most will be celebrities or sports. Americans are braindead morons.

  • m1

    I saw The Fighter this weekend, and absolutely loved it. It’s a shame Wahlberg isn’t getting more attention for his performance. Hopefully he can surprise on Tuesday morning. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo deserve to win and Amy Adams was great, too.

    • Ryan

      I saw it as well and absolutely loved it. Personally, I enjoyed it more than The King’s Speech, which I also just saw. I don’t think Marky Mark is deserving of an Oscar nom for it though.

    • petuniafromhell

      I saw it last weekend and love it too…in general i don’t like sports movies and i certainly don’t like movies of underdogs, but this one was funny and dramatic and all those other good feelings when you watch a good movie.

  • del taco

    Natalie looks super hot in the this movie.
    Almost as good as she looked in Closer where she played a stripper
    But after she gives birth, not sure how her body will be affected.
    It may be all downhill from here.
    Which is sad.

    • whatevs

      I’m sure she would apologize to you personally if she could.

    • Beau

      I really doubt that.

    • Liz Lemon

      Just because a woman has a baby doesn’t mean her body will be “ruined.” I’ve seen some mothers who have had 5 kids and they’re bodies are still banging.
      And yes…I did just use the word banging.

    • Sarai

      What a tool…

    • m1

      Attempting to put this in poetic form doesn’t make it any less offensive.

    • magnus

      are you a moron? women that have babies can maintain a nice body, especially super rich women who hire personal trainers and personal chefs to help them lose weight.

  • Claudia

    Horrible movie,good only for DVD :(

  • mephysto

    Adam Sandler and romantic comedy? I think I just puked

    • alex

      I just need to hear “Adam Sandler” to puke.

    • Leigh

      What about 50 First Dates for an Adam Sandler romantic comedy? That wasn’t completely awful.

      • Woot

        But that was largely due to Drew Barrymore.

      • Shawnuel

        As was The Wedding Singer

      • Les

        The Wedding Singer (also featuring Miss Drew) was also decent.

  • alex

    Nice dig there to The Mechanic and The Rite. But I saw The Mechanic in a prescreening and it was a decent entry to the Statham canon.

  • Jeana Jones


    • Buffy Freak

      I think reading “Ashton Kutcher..and a great actor too” is probably funnier than anything that happens in this movie…

      • dally

        Totally agree, BF. Also, he’s not that sexy, either.

      • Shawnuel

        Ashton Kutcher and Actor are two mutually exclusive terms. Honestly….is there a luckier guy on the face of the earth?

      • Buffy Freak

        @Dally…yeah he’s not super sexy to me either…but different strokes for different folks when it comes to sexiness. But to refer to him as a “great actor” is laughable.

      • Jean Genie

        Jeana Jones (hopefully not her real name) is a great fantard. That’s for sure.

    • Sarai

      A true thespian…

  • kyle

    I don’t get why people don’t like sandler. Its always mindless fun.

    • Liz Lemon

      I know right. I love me some Waterboy and Billy Madison.
      All movies can’t be about intellectual stimulation. We need some silly in there too.

  • Bill

    Has the creative Hollywood gang jus reached their limitations so early in earth’s history. One might think so. Rehashing is getting very old…

  • Logan

    2012 Oscar race. Classic.

  • Dan

    Narnia 3 has officially passed the $100 million mark domestically. It still has a good chance of getting to $400 worldwide. With the production costs much less than “Prince Caspian”, Narnia 3 will be more profitable than Narnia 2.
    Narnia 4: here we come!

    • mephysto

      Sad… just…. sad

    • MojoJojo

      Narnia 4 FTW!!!!!

  • petuniafromhell

    I just saw this movie and i thought it was funny and Portman was funny in it too..Kutcher was the same as he is any any movie (no surprise) and the supporting cast was funny. When your husband want’s to watch basketball, European and south american soccer and then football on tv, you need to go to the movies and watch some mindless entertainment…

  • Wilmer V

    Great, now we are guaranteed more master thespianism from auteur Kutcher.

  • Andrew

    If there are any “Narnia” fans here, the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” crossed the $100 million mark. However, it may not go any higher than that.

    • Bob.E

      25 years ago, 100 million dollars would have been considered a success for a movie like Narnia. Not so much now. Yes, this movie might have turn a decent profit worldwide, but not enough to encourage the studio to help produce or distribute another Narnia movie… sorry

    • Hannah

      Narnia 4 isn’t going to happen.
      The problem with Narnia is, the series’ popularity is predicated on ONE book. Which has already been done. It’s not like Harry Potter or even, gag, Twilight, where each book in the series has roughly the same amount of influence/popularity.
      After Lion, there was nowhere for Narnia to go but down.

      • Andrew

        They would not have gone down if they did not release “Prince Caspian” at a bad time and stray too far away from the book. They also strayed too far away from the book in “Dawn Treader” as well.


    Hollywood keeps making crappy movies like this because there are people that are willing to part with their money and spend it on crap. As some of the folks said it – they enjoy crap every now and then. Period.

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