Paramount western takes in $8.2 mil on New Year's Eve

Paramount’s “True Grit” turned in a chart-topping $8.2 million perf on New Year’s Eve, besting fellow holdovers “Little Fockers” and “Tron,” which grossed Friday $7.7 million and $5 million, respectively.

The holiday take reps a fine start for “True Grit” since Universal’s “Little Fockers” was expected to win the weekend. “Fockers” could still wind up on top with Disney’s “Tron” gaining some steam, but positive reviews and strong word of mouth for the Par Western is good news for “True Grit.”

Warner Bros.’ “Yogi Bear,” with $4.1 million, beat a crop of other 3D family-targeted films, including 20th Century Fox’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and Disney’s “Tangled,” which followed in standing with a respective $3.5 million and $3.3 million.

Fox’s 3D Jack Black starrer “Gulliver’s Travels” fared with slightly less, taking in $3 million on Friday.

New Year’s totals, which typically benefit from increased moviegoing, should transfer through the weekend. Though without a similarlly performing pic like 2009’s “Avatar,” most B.O. experts predict 2010 totals to be down from 2009.

The weekend tally from Dec. 31 through Sunday are included in 2010’s gross.

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