Universal's Little Fockers may have topped the Christmas box office with an estimated $48.3 million five-day debut, but it was Paramount's True Grit that saw the grittiest grosses, earning an estimated $36.8 million to come in No. 2.
Both pics debuted on Wednesday. Estimates are through Sunday.
Critically acclaimed True Grit -- delivering the Coen Brothers their best opening ever -- scored a surprise win over Tron: Legacy in placing No. 2.
Little Fockers fell well short of the $70 million opening for Meet the Parents over the same five days in 2004. International numbers weren't yet available.
Opening on Christmas Day was 20th Century Fox's Gulliver's Travels, which placed only No. 7 for the weekend, grossing an estimated $7.2 million from 2,546 theaters on Saturday and Sunday.
For the weekend itself, Fockers grossed roughly $34 million, providing the bounty of its five-day $48.4 million total from 3,536 theaters.
True Grit, playing in 3,047 theaters, grossed an estimated $25.6 million for the weekend itself on its way to scoring $36.8 million for the five days.
Tron: Legacy, which was expected to place No. 2 for the Christmas sesh, grossed an estimated $20.1 million for the weekend from 3,451 theaters and $31.8 million for the five days. Tron, opening Dec. 17, has grossed a total of $88.3 million.
While Gulliver's was soft, Fox Searchlight's Black Swan continued to be a winner for the Fox empire. Specialty pic grossed an estimated $6.6 million from 1,456 theaters for the weekend and $10.2 million for the five days for a cume of $29 million.
Among limited releases, the Weinstein Co.'s The King's Speech grossed an estimated $4.6 million for the weekend as it expanded to 700 theaters on Friday. Film's cume is a pleasing $8.4 million.
Focus Features' Somewhere, opening on Wednesday in seven theaters, grossed an estimated $196,168 for a per location average $28,024.