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‘Tron’ beats weak pack of newcomers

“Tron: Legacy,” a costly 3-D sci-fi movie that Walt Disney Co. has promoted for more than three years, took the top spot at the box office — but with a disappointing weekend haul of $43.6 million, according to estimates issued by the company yesterday.

“Tron: Legacy,” a costly 3-D sci-fi movie that Walt Disney Co. has promoted for more than three years, took the top spot at the box office — but with a disappointing weekend haul of $43.6 million, according to estimates issued by the company yesterday. Industry observers had been expecting a three-day start in the $50 million range.

Also new was “Yogi Bear,” a live-action/animated update of the television cartoon. It came in at No. 2 with $16.7 million. The weekend’s other big new release, “How Do You Know,” a comedy featuring a high-priced lineup headed by Jack Nicholson and Reese Wither­spoon, was a major flop. It earned $7.6 million, fall­ing short of expectations.

 
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