"No Strings Attached" opens atop North America box office

08:15, January 24, 2011      

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"No Strings Attached," a romantic comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, opened this weekend atop the North America box office chart with projected 20.3 million dollars worth of movie ticket receipts, eclipsing actioner "The Green Hornet (3-D)" which ruled over the last weekend.

The Paramount Pictures release debuted at 3,018 theaters in Canada and the U.S. Jan. 21, garnering 6,726 dollars in ticket stubs per location on average, as the latest Portman vehicle hits the screen while her last film, "Black Swan," an Oscar hopeful, is still shown. This is also Kutcher's latest film since he played in "Valentine's Day" and "Killers" in 2010.

In the film, rated R for its strong sexual content, Portman and Kutchner played Emma and Adam, former childhood friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning. It was the weekend's only new wide release at the North America box office, as studios have traditionally avoided to make debuts during the month so as to give a full play to the present films.

Columbia Pictures' 3D comic-book adaptation "The Green Hornet ( 3-D)" pulled in 18.1 million dollars in ticket receipts, finishing in second place in its second-week run. The actioner has taken in a total of 63.4 million dollars in two weeks.

"The Dilemma," a Universal Pictures romantic comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, slipped to third place with 9.7 million dollars. It is projected to gross 33.4 million dollars over two weeks.

Among the top 10 films, four are award-season contenders and Oscar hopefuls.

"The King's Speech," a period drama starring Colin Firth, was No. 4 with 9.2 million dollars worth of receipts, followed by " True Grit" (8 million dollars), "Black Swan"(6.2 million dollars) and "The Fighter"(4.5 million dollars).

Rounding out the top 10 films at North America box office are:

-- No.8: "Little Fockers," 4.4 million dollars;

-- No.9: "Yogi Bear," 4.1 million dollars, and

-- No. 10: "TRON:Legacy," 3.7 million dollars.

Source: Xinhua
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