'Country Strong' and 'Season of the Witch' get beat at weekend box office
01/09/2011 by Kristina Lopez
New releases "Country Strong" and "Season of the Witch" lacked enough star power to top "True Grit" at the box office this weekend. "True Grit," which stars Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, even bumped "Little Fockers" from the top spot at the box office. The film earned $15 million, according to the Associated Press. That weekend haul puts the film over the $100 million box office mark, making it the first Western to do so since the 1990s according to the wire service. In total, "True Grit" has earned $110.4 million. "Little Fockers," which held the first place for two weeks, came in second place with a modest $13.8 million. Its total box office is at $124 million. Meanwhile, the Nicolas Cage film "Season of the Witch" opened in third place for the weekend with $10.7 million. Gwyneth Paltrow's "Country Strong" did not crack the top five. Instead the flick, which features Tim McGraw and "TRON: Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund, finished in sixth place for the weekend with $7.3 million. In the film, the 38-year-old Oscar-winning actress plays Kelly Canter and provides her own vocals. The movie sees Canter looking for a comeback and also stars McGraw, as Canter's husband and manager. Leighton Meester, a "Gossip Girl" actress who has also released music, plays a former beauty queen. "Country Strong" was kept out of the top five by "TRON: Legacy," which came in fourth place with $9.8 million, and "Black Swan" in fifth place with $8.5 million.
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