Box office update: Justin Bieber's 'Never Say Never' leads Friday with $12.4 mil

Justin-Bieber-Never-Say-NeverAdam Sandler, one of the industry’s most dependable performers at the box office, just lost to an “Eenie Meenie” Bieber. Well, at least for one day. The 3-D concert pic Justin Bieber: Never Say Never topped the charts on Friday, grossing $12.4 million from 3,105 theaters, according to early estimates. That’s more than 2008′s Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour, which tallied $8.7 million its opening day. It’s also the largest opening day of 2011 so far. However, the real test for Never Say Never comes today and tomorrow — will it have enough steam to hold off Sandler and win the weekend? Or, in other words, just how front-loaded is the G-rated movie’s Friday figure? By comparison, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus jumped 51 percent on Saturday, while Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience fell 5 percent. At the moment, Never Say Never is estimated to finish the weekend with about $29 million, and will fall just short of Sandler’s Just Go With It, which is on pace for $30 million. But should Never Say Never hold up better than expected today, that outcome could easily flip.

The romantic comedy Just Go With It, which stars Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, landed in second on Friday with $9.7 million. Assuming it finishes the weekend with $30 million, it’ll represent a middle-of-the-road debut for Sandler. It will fall short of hits like Grown Ups, Click, The Longest Yard, Anger Management, and Big Daddy, which all opened to more than $40 million, but it’ll beat some of Sandler’s less successful projects, like Funny People, Reign Over Me, Spanglish, and Little Nicky. For Aniston, however, Just Go With It will likely become her best debut since 2008′s Marley and Me.

In third was Disney’s Gnomeo & Juliet, which earned $6.1 million. The 3-D animated film, which fulfilled William Shakespeare’s dying wish to see one of his plays performed by lawn ornaments, is on pace for a $22 million opening weekend. The movie’s stellar result is proof that one should never underestimate a new family film after there has been a long drought of said films. Things didn’t turn out as rosy for The Eagle, though, which marched into fourth place with $2.8 million. The Roman Empire action film, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, will likely finish the weekend with a mere $8 million. And rounding out the top five was the college-thriller holdover The Roommate, which plummeted 60 percent for $2.6 million. Check back here on Sunday for the complete box office report.

1. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never — $12.4 mil
2. Just Go With It — $9.7 mil
3. Gnomeo & Juliet — $6.1 mil
4. The Eagle — $2.8 mil
5. The Roommate — $2.6 mil

Box office preview: Justin Bieber and Adam Sandler duel for pop-culture supremacy

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  • Republicans for 2012

    I think Jennifer Aniston is an overrated actress who is so self-centred, it’s easy to figure out why Brad Pitt, John Mayer, Vince Vaughan, etc. have left her for greener pastures.

    • Marco M

      what a stupid comment
      she is nice,beautiful and awesome
      shut up

      • jethrine

        Marco, you are such an idiot – how do you know she’s nice – are you her personal friend? And actually, she’s not beautiful – she’s average and looks like she walked into a brick wall.

      • Woot

        I am REALLY interested in seeing what you look like jethrine.

      • Marco M

        I just wet myself.

      • to woot and marco

        I’m a cross between Angelina, Charlize, Gisele and Megan Fox.
        Did you wet yourself again, Marco?

      • Chad

        Jethrine….

        If ugliness were bricks, you would be the Great Wall Of China…

        Go back to your life of ugly and leave Jen alone.

      • demented

        Don’t let all the rabid Jen fans getcha down, dude.

      • THE BEST COMMENTOR

        Melissa Leo is nice,beautiful and awesome
        shut up

    • Blue Silver

      It’s the other way around! Looks like Jen is looking for THE ONE and Pitt, Mayer, and Vaughn were looking for a ride!!!
      ……Let the American public inflate Justin Bieber’s ego and reward him with a hit movie….Let’s all keep fueling the fire, folks!

      • Right ON

        I agree completely

    • PJ

      Your name shows your ignorance, rendering your comment pointless.

      • Republicans for 2010

        Shut your mouth PJ. You filthy, old, socialist pig.

    • Sage Morelli

      Jennifer Aniston should stop making movies!!!

      • right on Sage

        She should put a paper bag over her head and crawl under a slimey rock.

      • racefan111

        Curious that you took the time to read the article and comment. This is America – if you don’t like an actor, just avoid their movies – dumsh**

    • Kris

      Its so sad that Angelina feel the need to attack any post with Jennifer’s name on it just so they can better better about the fact most people sympathize with her.

      • Kris

        *Feel better

    • Jason

      I personally like Jennifer aniston! She was great in just go with it.

      • Right ON

        She was good and funny and the best part of the movie

    • Matty

      The paragon of udnersatndnig these issues is right here!

  • efrain

    Thank God Never Say Never replaced the roommate as the #1 movie in America!

    • Michelle

      Why? Crap replaced crap.

      • Liz Lemon

        Let’s look at the ratings shall we:
        Never Say Never has a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.
        The Roommate-a whopping 6%
        Just Go With It-18%
        Gnomeo & Juliet-53%

        Hmmm…

      • Cece

        You never saw Justin’s movie so why do you make a comment and to Liz Lemon do you live you life base on Rotten Tomatoes?! That is pretty sad you can’t form your own opinion. Oh right you both are just jealous of his fame and fortune at 16 which you will never see or achieve in your life time. Even if his popularity ends tomorrow at least he lived it! What have you achieve in your pathetic lives so far?!!!

  • Titan

    the only joke is Adam Sandler as a leading man…

  • LOL

    GOP fears Bieber.

  • dominic

    There’s nothing new out that I want to see. I’ve seen all of the Oscar movies that interested me. I won’t be going back to the movies until March when Battle: Los Angeles, The Adjustment Bureau, and Red Riding Hood get released.

  • A

    I can’t even a imagine what a sold out show to the Bieber movie would be like. Probably a bunch of obnoxious tween girls screaming their lungs out to the point where you can’t even hear the movie itself.

    • m1

      Now you know what Twilight premieres are like.

      • Tom

        So true. I attended a Twilight premiere and lived to see the day…

  • Jose

    It’s a shame that we have to rely on Justin Bieber, Adam Sandler, a crappy animated film, and Channing Tatum to bring life to the box office.

  • larry k

    Saw Just Go With it on Fri. and really enjoyed it. Anisten and Sandler had goo chemistry,and the move was funny.

    • LOL

      You probably like Two and Half Men, too.

      • Nolee Rai

        No, Just Go With It sucked.

      • @LOL

        I like Two and a Half Men – those guys have more talent in their middle finger than Jen and Adam on their best days. Adam was over with SNL in the 70′s. Now he’s just fat, unattractive and overpaid.

    • Woot

      Hehe they had goo chemistry. Sounds sticky and gross.

  • Andrew

    I thought after the disappointing result of the Jonas Brothers concert there would be now way Justin Beiber’s concert film would do well. So far he proved me wrong.

  • Whoa…

    What a surprise that Channing Tatum’s film totally flopped – NOT.

    When will Hollywood “get it” that Tatum peaked a long, long time ago. No one is interested anymore.

    • Gretchen

      The problem is this isn’t the kind of movie his target audience would go see. Personally, I like him, but The Eagle isnt the kind of film I would go see, regardless of the name on the marquee

    • Evaline

      Well maadcmiaa nuts, how about that.

  • Risy

    Good for Justin! Haterz keep on hating but Justin Wont Stop BELIEBER ROCK! Yay Justin!! <33

    • Amy

      Didn’t people say the same thing about the Jonas Brothers? Where are they now?

      • Titan

        touring around the crappiest places in Latin America… where teeny boppers go to die

    • tomm

      Haters said same about Britney Spears and Justin Tinerlake, and at 30 y/o are still around.

      • blork

        Tinerlake? They’re still around thanks to losers like you.

    • Michelle

      Why is it that Bieber fans can’t complete a sentence without multiple spelling errors?

  • Samantha Delynne

    I would to see Bio movie in Van Halen.L7.I like to see thoses movies.

    • Gretchen

      Huh?? Lol

  • nichole toops

    I just saw never say never yesterday and i can now say i have more respect for justin bieber not only does he have talent but he has determination to everything he has he has worked for this was not given to him he worked hard for it from using his stairs as drums to selling out MSG To hopefully winning the grammys tomarrow and making history hes going to be around for along time i cant wait to see what this kid can do next

    • Michelle

      Did you really think that Never Say Never would show Bieber in a bad way? It’s Bieber propaganda.

  • david ross

    I am happy to be a hater. Justin sucks!

    • Amy

      I so agree with you! Hater right here.

      • I like jbieber

        I’m not a hater wats wrong with u r u jealous because jb is famous while u live in a dumpster. A hobo would dump u for a ugly rock

    • haterz suck

      did u know the more u haters hate the more famous he’ll get? damn ur a moron

      • Michelle

        Says the moron that doesn’t bother to type out full words.

    • rosie

      did u know the more u hate on him the more famous he gets? dang ur a moron and he probably has more talent then u will ever have so shutup

      • lizzy

        agreed

      • You tube

        I’m with u. Rock on girlfriend

    • Jay

      As a person, the kid is awesome. Adults hating on a kid is the sickest thing I have ever witnessed. It’s his age group that should have the opinion unless you cry yourself to sleep over whether or not you can buy his CD (you must honestly want).

    • Anna Edwards

      David Ross Justin bieber does not suck! Your just jelous

  • Mya

    Leave it to Bieber to open huge. I wonder if that’s the biggest opener of 2011 thus far. I think it’s bigger than Green Hornet 1st day. Saturday and Sunday matinees will be big as well.

    • Gretchen

      The article clearly says it was the biggest opening day of 2011

      • bieber makes us laugh

        Why don’t Bieber Beavers use periods in their blogs???

        Because they’re not old enough to know what periods are.

    • Anna Edwards

      I love your comment

      • Anna Edwards

        I love your comment mya

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