Released on December 22, True Grit has had 19 days to rack up $110 million, becoming the first movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen to make over $100 million in the domestic box office.
With Academy Award nominations coming soon, the L.A. Times expects the total to hit $150 million. Stars Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges have been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards.
This past weekend, the movie moved into first place, ahead of Little Fockers. The Western has been well-received by critics and audiences; Rotten Tomatoes shows a 95% rating among critics.
Blanco and the Old Blanco County Courthouse played a part in making the Coen Brothers’ film a success. The courthouse was turned into a movie set in May 2010 for scenes that appear in the beginning of the movie. According to Potpourri’s Deb Yorgensen, local resident Maggie Goodman’s part in the movie was worth the price of the ticket.
For those who haven’t heard, True Grit is a remake of the 1969 John Wayne Western that also starred Glen Campbell and Kim Darby. The 2010 remake is a new adaptation of the 1968 book of the same name by Charles Portis. The new movie was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen and stars Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross, Matt Damon as LaBoeuf, and Josh Brolin as Tom Chaney.