Esperanza Spalding proved Justin Bieber vulnerable. Rolling Stone made the squeaky-clean idol controversial. The New York Times practically wrote his career obit.
After a rough week (MVP hoops honor, notwithstanding), the Presidents Day box office seemed poised to finish off Bieber’s run.
But it didn’t.
With Monday still to come, Bieber’s tween-powered concert movie is holding up well for a tween-powered concert movie.
Per estimates, ticket sales for the 3-D Never Say Never were down a standard 55 percent from last weekend. By comparison, the Miley Cyrus-Hannah Montana concert movie dropped nearly 67 percent in its second weekend; the Jonas Brothers’ entry plunged a scary 77 percent.
Overall, it was a less bad weekend for Hollywood than it’s been in a long while, with six films grossing more than $10 million each. Liam Neeson’s $30 million Unknown is leading the way, with a Taken-sized take of $21.8 million.
I Am Number Four, a sci-fi action flick (unless you watch Glee, in which case, per the commercials, it’s a Dianna Agron vehicle), is in second with $19.5 million, a pretty-good gross considering its poor reviews, a less-encouraging gross considering its reputed $50-60 million budget.
Martin Lawrence’s Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son wasn’t as big as the comedy franchise’s first two flicks, but it did OK, with $17 million.
Among the other holdovers, the animated Gnomeo & Juliet is showing more staying power than Adam Sandler’s and Jennifer Aniston’s Just Go With It.
Among the Oscar contenders, The King’s Speech broke $100 million. Worldwide, the $15 million talkie is well past $200 million. The King’s Speech is the last awards-show film in the Top 10, as True Grit dropped out after eight blockbuster weekends and $164 million. Further down in the standings, Black Swan formally flew past $100 million, while The Fighter got a bit closer to $90 million.
Stay tuned tomorrow for updated holiday weekend grosses. For now, here’s the rundown of the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday numbers as compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1.Unknown, $21.8 million
2.I Am Number Four, $19.5 million
3.Gnomeo & Juliet, $19.4 million
4.Just Go With It, $18.2 million
5.Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, $17 million
6.Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $13.6 million
7.The King’s Speech, $6.6 million
8.The Roommate, $4.1 million
9.The Eagle, $3.6 million
10.No Strings Attached, $3.1 million