“True Grit” will top the weekend box office, according to Friday estimates.

The film, now in its third weekend of wide release, is looking to top a weak field of releases in the first weekend of the New Year; the film grosses $4.4 million Friday and looks on pace for $14 million for the weekend.

“Season of the Witch” is the weekend”s primary new entry, was heavily panned by critics (a 3% on Rotten Tomatoes) and is looking like a major dud; the $40 million film brought in under $4 million Friday for third place, and is likely to gross less than $10 million this weekend.

“True Grit’s” ascendance to the top of the box office is the latest in a growling list of accolades for the Coen brothers latest flick. A late entry to awards season chatter, the film now seems destined for Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director, Actor, and is making a serious case for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Hailee Steinfeld and Matt Damon. The $40 million film has already made more than $100 million at the domestic box office.

“Little Fockers” continues to hold up well, and is looking at a second place finish with around $13.5 million for the weekend. With around $120 million in domestic receipts and nearly $200 million worldwide, the film is likely to be a modest hit, but the lowest-grossing of the franchise. The previous installment grossed $280 million in America, and more than $500 million worldwide.

Weekend Projections for the Top 10

True Grit (2010) $14,000,000 $109,430,022
Little Fockers $13,700,000 $123,900,515
TRON: Legacy $10,000,000 $148,122,418
Season of the Witch $9,800,000 $9,800,000
Black Swan $8,000,000 $61,105,493
Country Strong $7,900,000 $8,037,289
The Fighter $6,800,000 $57,644,442
Yogi Bear $6,200,000 $74,995,521
The King’s Speech $6,000,000 $32,482,258
Tangled $5,200,000 $175,868,398

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Jason Woods is a Blast staff writer

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