Disney's Tron Legacy may have blasted off with a strong $18-million opening on Friday, but after its initial surge of fanboy enthusiasm waned, ticket sales quickly slumped, and it ended up with an estimated total of $43.6 million for the weekend, a result that the Los Angeles Times described as "solid but far from spectacular." The newspaper noted that the film has a long way to go to earn back the $170 million that it cost to produce. A year ago Avatar opened over the same weekend with $77 million. Three other films had wide releases over the weekend, but each of them came in well below analysts' predictions. Paramount's The Fighter , which had received numerous awards nominations, mostly positive reviews, and an exceptional limited opening a week ago, brought in a so-so $12.2 million as it expanded into general release. Sony's How Do You Know tanked, as forecast, but its underachievement was worse than even the most pessimistic predictions. It earned just $7.6 million. Yogi Bear wound up in second place, but only by default. Even with 3D surcharges going for it, it managed to take in just $16.7 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Tron Legacy , $43.6 million; 2. Yogi Bear, $16.7 million; 3. The Chronicles Of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $12.4 million; 4. The Fighter, $12.2 million; 5. The Tourist , $8.7 million; 6. Tangled , $8.68 million; 7. Black Swan , $8.3 million; 8. How Do You Know , $7.6 million; 9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 , $4.8 million; 10. Unstoppable, $1.8 million.

20/12/2010