Bieber Fever Almost Takes Down Adam Sandler


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Columbia Pictures’ Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, narrowly defeated Paramount’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never for first place, earning an estimated $31 million from 3,548 theaters. The romantic comedy, made for $80 million, averaged $8,737 per location. If final figures on Monday keep the movie at the top spot, it would mark Sandler’s 11th first place finish.

Made for considerably less money ($13 million to be exact), the Justin Bieber film pulled in an estimated $30.3 million from 3,105 theaters, an average of $9,746 per site. Counting the special screenings Justin Bieber: Never Say Never held on Wednesday, the film has hit sales over $31 million. Paramount says it has already recuperated the production and marketing costs.

Also having an impressive debut was Touchstone Pictures’ animated comedy Gnomeo & Juliet, which collected $25.5 million from 2,994 theaters in third place. Featuring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and the music of Elton John, the film averaged $8,517.

Focus Features’ The Eagle, directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, opened in the fourth spot with $8.6 million. The adventure film played in 2,296 theaters and averaged $3,741 per location.

Screen Gems’ The Roommate rounded out the top five with $8.4 million. The $16 million thriller dropped 44% in ticket sales from last weekend and has earned $26.1 million in two weeks.

In its 12th weekend in theaters, The King’s Speech added $7.4 million and has reached $93.9 million domestically. Produced for $15 million, the Tom Hooper-directed awards contender stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

Paramount’s No Strings Attached dropped four spots to seventh and brought in $5.6 million its fourth weekend for a total of $59.9 million.

Universal’s Sanctum fell to eighth place its second weekend, taking in $5.1 million for a total of $17.5 million.

In limited release, the Miguel Arteta-directed comedy Cedar Rapids earned $311,000 from just 15 theaters. Starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly, the Fox Searchlight release averaged a strong $20,733 per theater.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.