Every year the third Monday of February is Presidents Day in the United States, a federal holiday that turns a normal 3-day box office weekend into a 4-day box office weekend. This one was really something and you will see why right after the break.
$37,298 between number 1 and number 2, the 14th all time smallest difference, a true photo finish. Unknown starring Liam Neeson was the lucky movie to finish the 4-day weekend with $25,453,015, just enough to beat runner up Gnomeo and Juliet, previously in 3rd place, now 2nd with $25,415,717. So as expected, Unknown managed to pull very good numbers that should, depending on how well it does next week, tell us if it can or can’t reach the $100 million mark. But I can safely say that it won’t bring in $145 million like Taken did 2 years ago.
Gnomeo and Juliet is the real surprise here, coming incredibly close to winning the weekend, this 3D animated flick has some of the most impressive legs I’ve seen in a long time. Unfortunately for Gnomeo, it only has one more “free” weekend before Rango comes out, the next big animated flick. Gnomeo and Juliet has grossed so far $56.4 million in 11 days.
I am Number Four is number 3 and a few days ago I actually thought I will use something like this for a silly pun in the title. Disappointingly enough Number Four did not manage to live up to any kind of expectations and only made $22.7 million, a far cry from the $28-30 million that the studio wanted. Now the future of this series hangs in the international performance and the legs it will (or won’t) show in North America.
In 4th place Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It showed the same level of staying power that we have come to expect from his stupid yet very popular movies. $21.5 million for a new total of $64.1 million in 11 days.
Finally in 5th place, the movie I did not want to see here, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son with $18.7 million. The previous entry in this series, Big Mommas House 2 opened to $27.7 million 5 years ago (on a 3-day weekend) so at least people are finally starting to avoid this like they should.