Box office report: 'Gnomeo & Juliet' tiptoes past 'Hall Pass' to win weekend with $14.2 mil

Gnomeo-JulietDisney’s Gnomeo & Juliet debuted two weeks ago in third place. Last holiday weekend it rose to second place, and this weekend, it took the box-office crown. At this pace, it’ll be running for President by next year, and five years from now, we’ll all be groveling at the feet of our new ornamental overlords. The animated musical won a decidedly slow weekend with $14.2 million, dropping only 26 percent and raising its cumulative gross to $75.1 million. Even though Gnomeo started the weekend in fourth place, it jumped a ridiculous 101 percent on Saturday thanks a strong turnout from families. Not too shabby for a film Disney inherited from its now-sold Miramax Films production company.

Hall Pass opened in second place with a less-than-expected $13.4 million. The Farrelly brothers comedy failed to revive the duo’s struggling box-office performance, landing squarely in the middle of their last two debuts, 2007’s The Heartbreak Kid ($14 million) and 2005’s Fever Pitch ($12.4 million). The R-rated film, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as two guys who are given a week off from marriage from their respective wives, attracted an audience that was 48 percent over the age of 35, which is surprising considering the Farrellys’ penchant for gross-out humor. Hall Pass garnered a mediocre “B-” rating from CinemaScore audiences.

The next four spots were occupied by holdovers. In third, the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown dropped 43 percent to earn $12.4 million, for a two-week total of $42.8 million. Just Go With It, the romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, took fourth place with $11.1 million, while the sci-fi adventure I Am Number Four declined 43 percent for $11 million. And the new “director’s fan cut” of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never slowed the movie’s evaporation from theaters. The $13 million concert film fell 31 percent for $9.2 million, bringing the Bieb’s cumulative tally to $62.8 million.

Oh, and the Nicolas Cage 3-D action film Drive Angry opened in ninth place, earning a pitiful $5.1 million from 2,290 theaters. The $50 million movie gave Cage his worst wide-release opening since 2005’s The Weather Man, and his third flop in a row after The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and January’s Season of the Witch. The R-rated movie, about a felon who flees Hell in an attempt to avenge his daughter’s death, skewed male (69 percent of the audience) and older (57 percent over the age of 30). And with a “C+” grade from CinemaScore moviegoers, don’t expect Drive Angry to stay parked in theaters much longer.

Check back next week as the box office will certainly perk up with the Johnny Depp animated flick Rango, plus the Matt Damon thriller The Adjustment Bureau, the long-delayed fantasy romance Beastly, and the ’80s-set comedy Take Me Home Tonight.

1. Gnomeo & Juliet — $14.2 mil
2. Hall Pass — $13.4 mil
3. Unknown — $12.4 mil
4. Just Go With It — $11.1 mil
5. I Am Number Four — $11.0 mil
6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never — $9.2 mil

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  • Nat

    Does anyone else feel like this is a really stupid thing to get an email alert about?

    • jack

      What I think is stupid is signing up for email alerts from an entertainment website. Yes, it’s fun to check out when you have an extra moment or two. But really, to be such a celebrity f***er that you have to be alerted by email anytime Charlie Sheen runs off at the mouth, or Brangelina adopt another child…I can’t even think of words that would describe how pathetic and stupid that is.

      • Linda

        Wow Jack, tell us what you really think, lol. This reminds me of a joke I heard a comedian say once, he found the subscription form in The Weekly World News to be really disturbing. Sure it’s fun to scan the headlines, and maybe even buy it occasionally to show friends an especially goofy article. But subscribing to it like a real newspaper was a kind of crazy he didn’t understand. I didn’t even know you could get email alerts on this website, I agree, that is kind of disturbing in and of itself.

    • Dave

      I have to agree with Jack on this. Email alerts for entertainment news?

    • Robear

      well, if you signed up for email alerts, you get whatever comes your way!

      • Dominic

        Free email alerts for everybody!

    • loli

      HELL YEAH!!!

  • LOL

    America love crap.

    • Anonymous

      Little kids that live in America love crap? Shove it.

    • Go see i am number 4

      i am number 4 is amazing.

      • JJ

        Wrong he is number 5

      • SilentBoy741

        Really? ‘Cuz the trailers all looked like Number 2.

    • MJ

      Did this schmuck post this message the weekend “The Social Network” was number one at the box office?

  • stephen

    February movies blow. I’m ready for better films.

  • Jenny

    I’ll be finally seeing The Fighter today. Can’t wait to see that… a actual well written movie. Yay!

    • m1

      I hope you enjoy it! I personally loved it and I hope that Bale and Leo win those Oscars!

    • Jennybaby

      I think it’s quite funny that someone who claims to look forward to well-written films can’t even write herself: “a actual well written movie”?? I’m sure you meant to write something different.

      • Jenny

        I think it’s funny that you have such a snotty attitude over a simple mistake. This is not English class, so you can relax troll! I’m sure you’ll find something else to blow out of proportion later today anyway.

    • Terry

      Jenny has an attitude problem. She is also probably fat and ugly.

      • melanie

        I wonder why people are switching to Twitter rather than chatting on internet discussion boards.

    • Terry

      I wonder why Melanie needs to be so sarcastic instead of getting back in the kitchen where she belongs.

  • Matt1

    Just look at Rotten Tomatoes, 8 out of the top 10 movies this weekend are ‘Rotten’ or, less than 60% of reviewers gave it a positive review (And one’s that F*#ing Justin Bieber movie!!!). So yeah, pretty much all the movies out right now suck!

  • Mya

    There will be some major improvement at the box office next weekend. Rango will singlehandily outgross this weekend’s top five films.

    • Terry

      I will single-handedly outgross you.

  • Cindy

    As if we needed further proof that Americans are idiots…HERE IT IS!

    • sarah

      could you explain further.why are americans idiots?

    • Terry

      Yes, Cindy, thank you for proving us correct with your idiocy.

  • Terry

    Jenny seems to have an attitude problem. She is also a loser.

  • Doozle

    When it comes to email alerts you have to honestly ask yourself how informed do I want (need) to be? See when it comes to things such as email alerts its an all or nothing proposition. In other words, if your in for a penny then your in for a pound kind of thing. All sorts of web news, sports & weather sites ask you to sign up for their alerts, you have to be vigilant knowing when to say when. Its a personal choice issue that some need to address before they blindly sign up. My 2 cents, FWIW!

  • Tony

    R.I.P. Nicolus Cage. Its Been fun…

  • David Thompson

    What’s really funny is that all you critics of Nat had to have read this artical and the comments section of your own free will, you didn’t even have to get an email alert. Now what does that say about you and your taste in reading material. LMAO

    • Dave

      No, what’s truly funny is you thinking that doing a quick check of box office results is equivalent to signing up to receive email alerts for every article from an entertainment website. Read jack’s comment at the top.

  • Koi Vase

    Maybe nick cage should consider an alternate career…..he’s just playing the same old character in different movies..boring

  • jet

    Do your research entertainment weekly gnomio and Juliet isn’t by Disney.

    • MJ

      Touchstone is Disney’s other label, jet. Has been for almost 30 years. In fact, “Gnomeo” was in development at Disney when Disney and Pixar merged and John Lasseter threw it out (which is why it’s being disttributed under the Touchstone name and not Disney).

      Oh, yes, “jet”–moron.

  • jon

    Just look at the top grossing movies for the weekend and you can understand why an animated family movie won the box office. It’s a slow time for good movies in the theaters.

  • S.

    I Am Number 4 was entertainng.

    I’m not surprised that Hall Pass was mostly over 35 year olds. I mean it was about married people who wanted a break and there are more married people over age 35 than under. Unfortunately, over 35 people also are more likely to want to see movies where the men are shown to be occasionally mature and smart, so no surprise it underperformed when the Farrely brothers are not known for their mature, smart characters.

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