The question was: Can a flying Porta Potty save 3-D?
The answer was: Oh, yeah.
The weekend box-office results:
Jackass 3D dominated with a $50 million debut, per estimates. It was easily the stunt gang's biggest opening yet; it was Hollywood's biggest opener since Inception three long months ago; it was 3-D's biggest opener since Despicable Me three-and-a-half longer months ago.
Bruce Willis' and Helen Mirren's AARP-eligible crew from Red ($22.5 million) was a distant second, and less potent than Sylvester Stallone's own oldster actioneer from the summer, The Expendables. But Red's debut was solid nonetheless. Also, audiences liked—moviegoers graded it an A-minus—so it may stick around.
The Social Network ($11 million; $63.1 million overall) dropped to third after a two-weekend reign at No. 1.
In limited release, Clint Eastwood did it again, launching his Matt Damon-led Hereafter ($231,000 at six theaters) to a weekend-best per-screen average, while Hilary Swanks latest Oscar vehicle, Conviction ($110,000 at 11 theaters), acquitted itself well.
The low-budget (no-budget?) thriller 'N-Secure, featuring former Cosby kid Tempestt Bledsoe, was a surprise contender, grossing $1.4 million, and nearly making the Top 10 despite playing on two thousand or so fewer screens than the average Top 10 movie. By comparison, the Tea Party doc, I Want Your Money, made just $279,240 on roughly the same number of screens.
Elsewhere, among the holdovers, Easy A broke $50 million overall; The Town broke $80 million; and The Kids Are All Right has crossed $20 million.