Paramount's No Strings Attached was able to hold off The Weinstein Company's The King's Speech to claim first place once again on Thursday. The R-rated romantic comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher grossed $1.02 million. No Strings Attached was up a solid 4 percent over Wednesday and down 37 percent from last Thursday. The film finished in second place for the week with $17.30 million, which was down 34 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's two-week total to $43.39 million. No Strings Attached is currently running 4 percent behind the pace of 2008's What Happens in Vegas.
Though it had to settle for second place, The King's Speech was up an impressive 11 percent over Wednesday and down a slim 13 percent from last Thursday. The Best Picture nominee grossed $0.94 million for the day and crossed the $75 million mark in the process. The King's Speech took fourth place for the week with a weekly take of $14.70 million. That marked a 26 percent increase over the previous frame and places the film in line to experience another great hold this weekend, even with the added presence of Super Bowl XLV.
The Mechanic was up one spot from Wednesday to take third place on Thursday. The Jason Statham vehicle from CBS Films grossed $0.76 million, which was unchanged for Wednesday's performance. The Mechanic finished with $14.71 million during its first week of release, which was good enough for third place during the frame. The film performed slightly above expectations this week and is currently running 2 percent behind the pace of 2006's Crank.
Warner's The Rite was down one spot and 3 percent from Wednesday to place in fourth on Thursday with $0.75 million. After opening in line with expectations last weekend, the PG-13 thriller didn't hold up all that well during the midweek. Nonetheless, The Rite was still able to claim first place for the week with a seven-day start of $18.11 million. The film is likely to experience a very significant decline this weekend (especially with Sony's The Roommate entering the marketplace today).
The Green Hornet rounded out the day's top five with $0.65 million. Sony's big-budget 3D release was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down a reasonable 40 percent from last Thursday. For the week The Green Hornet finished in fifth place with $13.82 million, which was down 37 percent from the previous frame. The film's three-week domestic total stands at $81.12 million.
Paramount's True Grit took sixth place for the day with $0.53 million and crossed the $150 million mark in the process. Current domestic totals for fellow Best Picture nominees still in theatres include $96.15 million for The Social Network, $92.49 million for Black Swan, $79.56 million for The Fighter, $14.33 million for 127 Hours and $6.32 million for Winter's Bone.