Its weekly take might not be the highest it's had since its debut, but the tale of romance between lawn ornaments finally took the top spot at the box office this past weekend. Gnomeo & Juliet made $14.2 million, staking the #1 claim above the Farrelly Brothers' new film Hall Pass. The R-rated comedy made $13.4 million and finished in second place in its debut weekend. Unknown dropped to 3rd with $12.4 million, but Liam Neeson is likely to come back to a role like this … in only two weeks the movie has shown a profit, despite mixed reviews.
The middle of the board appears to be relatively stable, with three of the next four movies hovering in the same positions as last week (if not in overall earnings). Just Go with It stayed in 4th with $11.1 million, ahead of a major tumble from I Am Number Four, which fell from 2nd to 5th with $11 million. Both Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and The King's Speech retained their previous spots of 6th and 7th, making $9.2 million and $7.6 million respectively. The King's Speech still reigns as the sole movie on the list to break the $100 million barrier.
The bottom of the list belongs to the current "darlings" of the critical eye, which may be making money, but not a lot of praise. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son brought in $7.5 million, bringing it close to a profit in its second week, but the film in the 8th spot has certainly come close to Season of the Witch levels of scorn … which can also be said of 10th place finisher The Roommate, though with $2 million this weekend and an overall gross of $35 million, it has actually crossed into moneymaking territory. Ninth place has actually fared the best (though certainly not well) in terms of acclaim: Nicolas Cage appears in his second film in two months, Drive Angry 3D. While it may be getting (somewhat) better praise than his last movie, it certainly isn't putting up the numbers … even with 3D; it only managed to make $5.1 million in its debut weekend.
Weekend Box-Office (2/25 – 2/27)
1. Gnomeo & Juliet…$14.2 million
2. Hall Pass…$13.4 million
3. Unknown…$12.4 million
4. Just Go with It…$11.1 million
5. I Am Number Four…$11 million
6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never…$9.2 million
7. The King's Speech…$7.6 million
8. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son…$7.5 million
9. Drive Angry 3D…$5.1 million
10. The Roommate…$2 million