Justin Bieber’s box office receipts from “Never Say Never” were good for second place at the box office this weekend. Bieber’s film came in behind Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in “Just Go With It” during the premiere week of both films. Still, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” brought in more than $30 million during its first weekend, making it already a smash hit in comparison.
According to Box Office Mojo, the early estimates for the weekend of Feb. 11 to 13 are in, with four new movies controlling most of the theaters around the country. “Just Go With It” leads the box office report with an estimated $31 million during its opening weekend, followed by “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” at No. 2 with an estimated $30.3 million. Both films brought in a lot of money for theaters, but it appears the Sandler-led film took advantage of being in more theaters.
The first weekend count had “Just Go With It” in 3,548 theaters, while “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” was showing in just 3,105 theaters. That makes the average draw for Bieber’s film much better than the Sandler-Aniston vehicle. They weren’t the only two films to debut this weekend though, as two other major releases helped round out the top films.
“Gnomeo and Juliet” premiered at $25.5 million in the No. 3 slot, and at No. 4 was “The Eagle” with its first weekend drawing an estimated $8.6 million. Having four new films debut at the top of the box office charts doesn’t happen very often, and it shows audiences weren’t very pleased with the films that hit theaters in the past few weeks. That was quite apparent in the week two draw for “The Roommate,” which fell to No. 5 this week after sitting at No. 1 last week. The film drew another $8.4 million, which in itself isn’t too bad for the smaller horror film.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 this weekend were “The King’s Speech ($7.4 million), “No Strings Attached” ($5.6 million), “Sanctum” ($5.1 million), “True Grit” ($3.8 million) and “The Green Hornet ($3.6 million). For “True Grit,” the weekend haul pushed that film past $160 million in the domestic box office, providing that the film continues to be a huge success after it only cost an estimated $38 million in production. “The King’s Speech” also continued to do well, moving close to $94 million in the 12 weeks it has been in theaters. That film should pass $100 by the end of next weekend.
Next week the big releases will be “I Am Number Four” and “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.”