If Unknown was rated R I would say I Am Number Four had a good chance at catching it at the box-office, but given both are PG-13 I’d say it’s an uphill climb for the DreamWorks pic as Unknown has an early edge.
The Liam Neeson action thriller pulled in an estimated $6.7 million on Friday, which is likely to translate to a $20 million or so three-day weekend. This isn’t to say DreamWorks’s I Am Number Four will be far behind as the film’s $6.2 million Friday will likely earn the film approximately $19 million for the weekend and it has the potential to jump ahead of Unknown, but I’m not counting on it.
Fox’s Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son was the weekend’s other new wide release and it was working against a downward trend for the franchise and a slew of negative reviews. Big Mommas made only $4.8 million on Friday, which will likely mean an approximate $13 million three-day. The film was bumped to the fourth slot by last weekend’s number one, Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It, which is looking at a 50% drop and a $15+ million three-day.
The bigger slide went to the Justin Bieber 3D doc, Never Say Never, which dipped 69% from last Friday and will hope for an $11 million weekend after $3.7 million on Friday.
I’ve included the complete Friday top ten below and will be here Sunday for a complete weekend wrap-up, on that will see The King’s Speech become the fifth Best Picture nominee to crack the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office. It seems people really like this year’s crop.