WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The college based thriller The Roommate opened at number one last week earning $15.6 million in its debut. Unfortunately, with four new films opening this week including the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It, the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the animated film Gnomeo and Juliet, and the historical drama The Eagle, The Roommate 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 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). The film made $8,737 on each of its 3,548 screens for an opening weekend total of $31 million. But the film will have to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it hopes to earn back its entire $80 million production budget.
Debuting at number two this week is the new documentary/concert film from teen-musical sensation Justin Bieber. The film is called Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and will give fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the pop phenomenon's impressive career. The film made $9,746 on each of its 3,105 screens for an opening weekend total of $30 million.
Debuting at number three this week 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). The film made $8,517 on each of its 2,994 screens for an opening weekend total of $25.5 million.
Debuting at number four this week is the new film from The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald called The Eagle. The film features an all-star cast which includes Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Jamie Bell (Jumper), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Denis O'Hare (Charlie Wilson's War), and Donald Sutherland (MASH). The film made $3,741 on each of its 2,296 screens for an opening weekend total of $8.5 million, which almost earns back half of its $20 million production budget.
Finally, falling a dramatic four places from its debut last week to number five is the new thriller The Roommate. The film stars an excellent cast of young actors and seasoned veterans including, Leighton Meester (Country Strong), Minka Kelly ((500) Days of Summer), Cam Gigandet (Burlesque), and Alyson Michalka (Easy A), with Billy Zane (The Phantom), and Frances Fisher (Titanic). While the movie fell 44.0% from last week, it earned $3,315 on each of its 2,534 screens for a weekend total of about $8.4 million. In two weeks of release, the film has made $26 million, which earns back its entire $16 million production budget and then some.
Doing well in its debut in limited release 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 film made $20,733 on each of its 15 screens for an opening weekend total of $311,000.
Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the new independent drama, Barney's Version. The film features an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominees Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Minnie Driver (Grosse Pointe Blank), Rosamund Pike (An Education), Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman (Underworld), and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Marathon Man). The movie went up 46.0% from last week and earned $5,138 on each of its 58 screens, for a weekend total of about $298,000. The movie recently earned actor Javier Bardem an Oscar nomination for best actor, and has now earned over $1.2 million since its release.
Next week will see the opening of three new films in wide release and one in limited release.
Opening next week in wide release is the new action thriller Unknown. The films 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).
Also opening in wide release next week 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).
Finally, opening in wide release next 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).
Opening in limited release next week is the new thriller-drama The Resident. The film stars two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), as well as Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Lee Pace (When in Rome), and Christopher Lee (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!