In one corner: A low-budget thriller with a Gossip Girl. In the other corner: James Freakin' Cameron.
As you might suspect, this box-office bout wasn't even close. As you might not suspect, the winner was...
...Leighton Freakin' Meester.
The $16 million The Roommate scooped up a relatively impressive $15.6 million, per estimates, to top a Super Bowl-sapped weekend. The Cameron-produced (and -promoted) 3-D flick, Sanctum, came away with just $9.2 million.
Elsewhere, Natalie Portman continued to personally dominate the Top 10, with No Strings Attached and Black Swan, while The King's Speech--no lie--closed in on The Green Hornet. (The "little" Oscar film is at $84.1 million overall domestically; the would-be blockbuster is at $87.2 million.)
Exiting the Top 10: The much-maligned Yogi Bear, which hung on for seven weekends, and managed to produce a $95.5 million take (off an $80 million budget); and, the critically acclaimed The Fighter, which also lasted seven weekends, and has grossed $82.5 million domestically (off a $25 million budget).
Looking ahead, Justin Bieber arrives on Friday, in the documentary form of Never Say Never, to save Hollywood.
Here's the rundown of the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday numbers as compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
The Roommate, $15.6 million Sanctum, $9.2 million No Strings Attached, $8.4 million The King's Speech, $8.3 million The Green Hornet, $6.1 million The Rite, $5.6 million The Mechanic, $5.4 million True Grit, $4.8 million The Dilemma, $3.45 million Black Swan, $3.4 million