‘Fockers’ Top the Box Office, ‘Gulliver’ Bombs

Sunday, December 26, 2010
By Rick Duran
Jack Black in 'Gulliver's Travels'

Jack Black in 'Gulliver's Travels'

Two critically-panned event comedies, two very different results. Little Fockers topped the 5-day holiday weekend with $48.3 million ($34 million during the Friday-Sunday 3-day period.) A decent finish for the weekend, although analysts were expecting an opening in the $60 range. By comparison, Meet the Fockers made $70 million over the same weekend (with Christmas also falling on a Saturday) in 2004. So, this is a big dropoff.

Gulliver's Travels Poster

This poster didn't bring in audiences. Shocking, right?

Meanwhile, the decision to move Gulliver’s Travels from Wednesday the 22nd to Christmas Day the 25th has backfired: Its 2-day total adds up to a disastrous $7.7 million opening for the $115 million-budgeted film. Those results are worse when you factor in grosses inflated due to the higher 3-D ticket price.

Just two years ago, we crowned Black as our Frat Pack Man of the Year. Now, after headlining two major flops in a row, Year One and Gulliver’s Travels, he may need some career reinventing. He’s got The Big Year with Owen Wilson and Steve Martin in 2011, which should be more commercial than his dark comedy Bernie, opposite Matthew McConaughey. Black will also have Kung Fu Panda: Kaboom of Doom, which should bring some positive press.

Last week’s flop How Do You Know, starring 2009 Frat Pack Man of the Year Paul Rudd, continued to tumble right out of the Top 10, adding another $3.7 million, bringing its gross to $15.2 million.

One Response to “‘Fockers’ Top the Box Office, ‘Gulliver’ Bombs”

  1. Kevin Crossman

    Thanks for saving me the trouble of writing this post, Rick. I updated the article to include comparisons to Meet the Fockers, illustrating that less than $50m was a big disappointment (at least for the studio).

    Regarding reviews, it’s pretty bad when the 3/5 star “uneven sequel” review here on the Tribute is about the best review I can find for the film.

    #7045

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