BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: Unknown Takes the Top Spot with $21.7 Million

While I Am Number Four debuts at number two, and Gnomeo and Juliet holds steady at number three for a second week in a row.
BYJami Philbrick | February 20th, 2011

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1
$21.7 millionUnknown
80%
Users
99 reviews
56%
Tomatoes
190 reviews
2
$19.5 millionI Am Number Four
78%
Users
116 reviews
33%
Tomatoes
156 reviews
3
$19.4 millionGnomeo and Juliet
74%
Users
42 reviews
55%
Tomatoes
117 reviews
4
$18.2 millionJust Go with It
80%
Users
98 reviews
19%
Tomatoes
135 reviews
5
$17 millionBig Momma's House
79%
Users
28 reviews
30%
Tomatoes
107 reviews
7
$6.5 millionThe King's Speech
95%
Users
106 reviews
95%
Tomatoes
258 reviews
8
$4.1 millionThe Roommate
50%
Users
30 reviews
4%
Tomatoes
85 reviews
9
$3.5 millionThe Eagle
72%
Users
35 reviews
39%
Tomatoes
147 reviews

Adam Sandler's new movie Just Go with It opened at number one last week earning $31 million in its debut. But with three new films opening this weekend including the teen sci-fi film I Am Number Four, the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown, and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son starring Martin Lawrence, the Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy was unable to hold on to the top spot for a second week in a row.

Debuting at number one this week is the new the new action thriller Unknown. The film stars Liam Neeson (The A-Team), as well as January Jones (Mad Men), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Aidan Quinn (Jonah Hex), and Frank Langella (Superman Returns). The film made $7,154 on each of its 3,043 screens for an opening weekend total of $21.7 million. That's a pretty good debut for the movie considering that it only cost around $30 million to make.

Debuting at number two this week is the new film from Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso, I Am Number Four. The movie stars an excellent cast of young actors including Alex Pettyfer (Beastly), Dianna Agron (Glee), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Callan McAuliffe (Flipped) and Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies). The film made $6,183 on each of its 3,154 screens for an opening weekend total of $19.5 million. But the film will need to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it has any hope of recouping its entire $60 million production budget.

Holding strong at number three for the second week in a row is the new CGI animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. The film is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and features the music of Grammy Award winner Elton John. The film also features the voice talents of James McAvoy (Wanted), Emily Blunt (Charlie Wilson's War), Jason Statham (The Expendables), and two-time Academy Award winners Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), and Maggie Smith (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). While the movie fell 23.5% from last week, it earned $6,437 on each of its 3,014 screens for a weekend total of about $19.4 million. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $50.4 million.

Falling three places from its debut last week to number four is the new Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore) comedy Just Go with It, co-starring Jennifer Aniston (Love Happens). The incredible cast also includes Brooklyn Decker (Battleship), Minka Kelly (The Roommate), Dave Matthews (You Don't Mess with the Zohan), Nick Swardson (Bedtime Stories), Rachel Dratch (Spring Breakdown), Kevin Nealon (Get Smart), and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours). While the movie fell 40.4% from last week, it earned $5,130 on each of its 3,548 screens for a weekend total of about $18.2 million. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $60.7 million, which is close to earning back its entire $80 million production budget.

Finally, rounding off the top five this week in its debut is the new comedy Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, the third chapter in the Big Momma's House series. The movie features returning star Martin Lawrence (Death at a Funeral), as well as Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt), and Faizon Love (The Replacements). The film made $6,026 on each of its 2,821 screens for an opening weekend total of $17 million. But the film will need to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it hopes of to earn back its entire $32 million production budget.

Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the new comedy from producer Alexander Payne (Sideways) called Cedar Rapids. The film stars Ed Helms (The Hangover) and John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), as well as Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Stephen Root (Office Space), Kurtwood Smith (Robocop), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Anne Heche (Wag the Dog), and three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver (Avatar). The movie rose and amazing 200.0% from last week, partly because of good word-of-mouth, and was added in 87 more theaters for a total of 102. The movie earned $8,912 on each of its screens for a weekend total of $909,000. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $1.3 million at the box office.

Next week will see the opening of two new films in wide release and one in limited release.

Opening next week in wide release is the new 3D action film Drive Angry. The movie stars Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (Gone in Sixty Seconds), as well as Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Billy Burke (Twilight), Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue), David Morse (16 Blocks), and William Fichtner (Prison Break).

Also opening in wide release next week is the new comedy from There's Something About Mary directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly called Hall Pass. The film stars Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums), and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live), as well as Jenna Fischer (The Office), Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?), Christina Applegate (Going the Distance), and Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

Finally, Opening in limited release next week is the new thriller Brotherhood. The film stars Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jennifer Sipes, Luke Sexton, Preston Vanderslice, and Jesse Steccato. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

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