Just Go With It, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Gnomeo and Juliet, The Eagle, 4 movies opening wide this weekend, Valentines Day on Monday and things should finally start to move at the North American box office, more after the break.
Adam Sandler is back with Jennifer Aniston costarring in the romantic comedy Just Go With It, opening in 3548 theaters. Any other week of this month I would have said hands down, Adam Sandler can’t lose the number one spot, but this time around he has very strong competition from teen sensation Justin Bieber in his first feature film, well actually a documentary released by Paramount in no less then 3105 theaters and that translates to great expectations. To get a sense of just how big this kid is, you only need to go to youtube and search his name, take notice of the hundreds of millions of views some of his videos have (Baby featuring Ludacris has 458,631,378 views as I write this). This is definitely not an easy weekend to predict, still, I’m going to go with the old, Adam Sandler, a much safer bet compared to the wildcard that is Justin Bieber. So I say $38 million for Just Go With It and $35 million for Justing Bieber: Never Say Never, both impressive results that should somewhat revive the box office.
In 3rd place we’ll most likely see the animated flick Gnomeo and Juliet. This is coming in 2994 theaters and sports a 55% RottenTomato rating. Regardless of the subject matter (Romeo and Juliet with a twist, a big one, also they probably don’t die at the end) this is the first animated movie of the year, it’s in 3D and is handled by Buena Vista (Disney) so all of that should give it a boost to something like $18 million over the weekend.
The Eagle, PG-13 period action movie from Focus Features comes in the smallest number of theaters of the bunch, only 2296, so there’s not a lot of trust put into this. Previews looked ok but nothing to get you to excited and reviews are on the lower end, 37% on RottenTomatoes as we speak. This is one movie that will be very soon forgotten but for now it should debut to around $8 million leading to what could amount to about $20 million when all is said and done, unsurprisingly the budget for this was also $20 million.
Finally in 5th place The Roommate should bring in around $6.5 million for a new North American total of $24 million in 10 days for the former number one movie.
Next week Liam Neeson returns to action form in Unknown, Martin Lawrence gets back in the fat suit for Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (yes, they actually made another one) and Disney unleash I Am Number Four.