Series pic edges out 'True' over holiday frame

In a comparatively lackluster holiday play period, Universal’s “Little Fockers” and Paramount’s “True Grit” came to a head, with “Fockers” taking a slight edge with an estimated $26.3 million at 3,554 locations, while “Grit” overperformed with $24.5 million from 3,083.

Without an “Avatar” to boost figures, the overall frame was down approximately 26% from last year.

The New Year’s weekend typically sees increased traffic at the multiplexes, but with no new wide releases, the biz relied on holdovers to draw auds. According to bizzers, the weekend was a return to normal after 2009′s “Avatar” phenom, comparing the holiday sesh to the same period in 2008.

Two indie titles launched mid-week, “Another Year” and “Blue Valentine,” both of which had solid showings, with the latter averaging an estimated $45,000 from four locations and five-day totals of $277,945 for Weinstein Co. “Another Year,” from Sony Pictures Classics, estimated a $20,000 per-screen average at six engagements, with $173,175 for the five days.

“Grit” has displayed solid legs through the holiday, benefiting mostly from positive reviews and strong word of mouth. Pic has cumed a terrific $86.8 million to become the highest-grossing film for helmers Joel and Ethan Coen, beating 2007′s “No Country For Old Men,” with $74.2 million.

Also performing tops during the holiday sesh, Disney’s 3D toon “Tangled,” has cumed an estimated $168 million so far, with this weekend’s perf contributing $10 million at 2,582 engagements.

Specialty pics like “Black Swan” and “The King’s Speech” both landed in the top 10 for respective distribs Fox Searchlight and Weinstein Co. “Black Swan,” which estimated $8.5 million, has cumed $47.4 million — the top 2010 specialty perf — while “The King’s Speech” added $7.6 million to its domestic take to date of $22.8 million.

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