No Strings Attached Tops North American Box Office

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Paramount Pictures’ romantic comedy No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, opened in first place at the domestic box office with an estimated $20.3 million from 3,018 locations. Made for about $25 million, the Ivan Reitman-directed film averaged $6,726 per theater. The R-rated pic received 70% of its opening gross from females, the studio said.

Sony’s The Green Hornet dropped to second and a respectable 46% its second weekend. The action adventure added $18.1 million for a total of $63.4 million so far. Internationally, The Green Hornet topped the box office with $18.7 million from 4,775 theaters in 45 markets. The film has now earned $37.4 million overseas. The production was budgeted at $120 million.

Universal’s The Dilemma also dropped a spot to third and a smaller 45.4% in ticket sales. The $70 million comedy earned $9.7 million to bring its two-week total to $33.4 million.

Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech remained in fourth place with $9.2 million its ninth weekend in theaters. Starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, the $15 million drama has collected $58.6 million for The Weinstein Company.

Paramount’s True Grit rounded out the top five with $8 million for a total of $138.6 million after five weeks. Not bad for a film that cost only $38 million to make.

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan brought in $6.2 million in the sixth spot and has earned $83.6 million in eight weeks. Starring Natalie Portman, the film was made for just $13 million.

In limited release, Peter Weir’s The Way Back debuted with $1.5 million from 650 theaters, an average of $2,254 per site, while John Wells’ The Company Men opened to $767,000 from 106 theaters, an average of $7,236. IFC Films also released The Housemaid in two theaters, where it earned $18,200.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.