‘No Strings Attached’ Snags Weekend Box-Office Crown

24 Jan

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s ‘sex friends’ romp debuts with $20.3 million.
By Mawuse Ziegbe


Ashton Kutcher in “No Strings Attached”
Photo: Cold Spring Pictures

“No Strings Attached” proves that hooking up with friends can be successful — at the box office, at least.

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s romantic comedy about two pals that decide to take their relationship to the bedroom scored the top spot at the box office over the weekend, raking in $20.3 million. Kutcher told MTV News recently that despite their theater-packing performances, becoming “sex friends” with Portman onscreen was not the most comfortable experience.

“There weren’t really any bloopers,” he said. “It’s always sort of awkward and giggly, right? Because you’re there and you’re with someone you sort of know, and there’s a lot of people watching,” he explained of the awkward factor involved in filming love scenes. “It’s always kind of in-between scenes you try to make jokes and divert it, ‘Oh it’s not a big deal,’ try to make it seem like it’s not a big deal.”

In second place is Seth Rogen’s turn as the classic masked vigilante in the “The Green Hornet.” The onscreen take on the beloved crime-fighter’s adventures picked up $18.1 million over the weekend. The figure adds to the flick’s total box-office bank of over $63 million.

“The Dilemma” finished the weekend in third place. The relationship comedy, which stars Kevin James a clueless husband and Vince Vaughn his buddy and business partner who struggles with whether to let him know his wife is cheating on him, scored $9.7 million. The figure kicks the film’s total estimated tally to over $33 million.

Just behind “The Dilemma” is “The King’s Speech.” The Colin Firth vehicle, which is inspired by the wartime reign of British monarch King George VI, made $9.1 million. The film has picked up over $58 million since landing in theaters late last year.

In fifth place is the star-studded Western “True Grit.” Featuring performances from Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges and acclaimed newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, the movie made $8 million over the weekend. The film’s total estimated haul now stands at around $138 million.

Check out everything we’ve got on “No Strings Attached,” “The Green Hornet” and “The Dilemma.”

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Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1656472/no-strings-attached-snags-weekend-boxoffice-crown.jhtml

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