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Your Highness, Natalie Portman

Universal Pictures

UPDATE: Arthur's so-so debut looked less so when the final numbers came out Monday, and it dropped to third place, behind the bigger-than-estimated Hanna


Is Natalie Portman the first Best Actress winner to follow up Oscar gold with a raunchy R-rated medieval comedy?

To be honest, we don't know. But after the splat Your Highness made at the box office, we suspect she'll be the last.

The $50 million flick, led by Oscar cohost James Franco and his Pineapple Express pal, Danny McBride, came up with just $9.5 million, per estimates, for a lowly sixth-place debut in the weekend standings.

There doesn't seem to be much hope for brighter days, either. Critics were as cool to Your Highness as audiences. (Well, we liked it, for what that's worth.)

Elsewhere, Russell Brand's inebriated Arthur did OK, with $12.6 million (off a reported $40 million budget), but didn't look as epic as either Dudley Moore's 1981 original or Charlie Sheen's 2011 meltdown.

Theater for theater, the action-thriller Hanna had a better debut than either Arthur or Your Highness; Soul Surfer, a biopic about the girl surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack, schooled all three titles—its per-screen average was the second-best in the Top 10.

Last weekend's No. 1 film, Hop, went virtually unchallenged, and won what was, minus more bright spots like Soul Surfer, another loser weekend for Hollywood. 

Jake Gyllenhaal's Source Code held well, but dropped all the way to seventh place.

Rango ($117.5 million overall domestically), Battle: Los Angeles ($81.3 million overall) and Paul ($35.1 million) dropped all the way out of the Top 10, as did Zack Snyder's $82 million Sucker Punch, which got its notice after a two-weekend stay and a $34 million gross.  (Until further notice, you can go ahead now, and add the latter film to this list.)

Here's a complete rundown of the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday numbers as compiled by Exhibitor Relations.

  1. Hop, $21.7 million
  2. Arthur, $12.6 million
  3. Hanna, $12.3 million
  4. Soul Surfer, $11.1 million
  5. Insidious, $9.7 million
  6. Your Highness, $9.5 million
  7. Source Code, $9.1 million
  8. Limitless, $5.7 million
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, $4.9 million
  10. Lincoln Lawyer, $4.6 million