Liam Neeson doesn't need to keep shouting for everyone to know what movie he's in: Unknown debuted in the top spot with $21.7 million this weekend. Meanwhile, the sci-fi/romance/action film I Am Number Four made it to 2nd with $19.5 million, narrowly beating out the animated Gnomeo & Juliet. The 3-D family film earned $19.4 million, and remains in 3rd place for the second week in a row. Unknown has fared better critically than its counterparts, but not by an overwhelming majority.
Last week's winner Just Go with It fell out of the top 3, making $18.2 million and dropping to 4th place. Debuting in 5th was the third film in the Martin Lawrence franchise Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. It took in $17 million, putting it well ahead of last week's 2nd place finisher, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which dropped to 6th with $13.6 million. Big Mommas hasn't earned many friends among critics, but it has fallen in good company; both Just Go with It and Bieber are either on-track to make a profit or already have.
Speaking of profit, The King's Speech landed in 7th with $6.7 million, half of what Bieber made, but the drama has managed to break the $100 million barrier, making the $15 million production a whopping success (and now with True Grit and Black Swan off the list, the current highest grosser). In 8th place, The Roommate, while no King's Speech, picked up $4.1 million, making $32 million overall. That's more than enough to make the teen thriller profitable. The same couldn't be said of The Eagle, which has only made $15 million in its second week, $3.6 million of it this weekend. In 9th, it is still quite a distance from breaking even. But 10th place isn't too shabby for No Strings Attached, which made $3.1 million this weekend and $66 million in five weeks at the box office.
Weekend Box-Office (2/18 – 2/20)
1. Unknown…$21.7 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…$6.7 million
8. The Roommate…$4.1 million
9. The Eagle…$3.6 million
10. No Strings Attached…$3.1 million