BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Unknown’ Takes the Top Spot with $21.7 Million

While ‘I Am Number Four’ debuts at number two, and ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ holds steady at number three for a second week in a row.


Adam Sandler's new movie Just Go with It opened at number one last week earning $31 million in its debut. But with three new films opening this weekend including the teen sci-fi film I Am Number Four, the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown, and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son starring Martin Lawrence, the Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy was unable to hold on to the top spot for a second week in a row.

Debuting at number one this week is the new the new action thriller Unknown. The film stars Liam Neeson (The A-Team), as well as January Jones (Mad Men), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Aidan Quinn (Jonah Hex), and Frank Langella (Superman Returns). The film made $7,154 on each of its 3,043 screens for an opening weekend total of $21.7 million. That's a pretty good debut for the movie considering that it only cost around $30 million to make.

Debuting at number two this week is the new film from Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso, I Am Number Four. The movie stars an excellent cast of young actors including Alex Pettyfer (Beastly), Dianna Agron (Glee), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Callan McAuliffe (Flipped) and Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies). The film made $6,183 on each of its 3,154 screens for an opening weekend total of $19.5 million. But the film will need to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it has any hope of recouping its entire $60 million production budget.

Holding strong at number three for the second week in a row is the new CGI animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. The film is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and features the music of Grammy Award winner Elton John. The film also features the voice talents of James McAvoy (Wanted), Emily Blunt (Charlie Wilson's War), Jason Statham (The Expendables), and two-time Academy Award winners Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), and Maggie Smith (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). While the movie fell 23.5% from last week, it earned $6,437 on each of its 3,014 screens for a weekend total of about $19.4 million. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $50.4 million.

Falling three places from its debut last week to number four is the new Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore) comedy Just Go with It, co-starring Jennifer Aniston (Love Happens). The incredible cast also includes Brooklyn Decker (Battleship), Minka Kelly (The Roommate), Dave Matthews (You Don't Mess with the Zohan), Nick Swardson (Bedtime Stories), Rachel Dratch (Spring Breakdown), Kevin Nealon (Get Smart), and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours). While the movie fell 40.4% from last week, it earned $5,130 on each of its 3,548 screens for a weekend total of about $18.2 million. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $60.7 million, which is close to earning back its entire $80 million production budget.

Finally, rounding off the top five this week in its debut is the new comedy Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, the third chapter in the Big Momma's House series. The movie features returning star Martin Lawrence (Death at a Funeral), as well as Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt), and Faizon Love (The Replacements). The film made $6,026 on each of its 2,821 screens for an opening weekend total of $17 million. But the film will need to continue to do well in the next few weeks if it hopes of to earn back its entire $32 million production budget.

Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the new comedy from producer Alexander Payne (Sideways) called Cedar Rapids. The film stars Ed Helms (The Hangover) and John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), as well as Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Stephen Root (Office Space), Kurtwood Smith (Robocop), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Anne Heche (Wag the Dog), and three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver (Avatar). The movie rose and amazing 200.0% from last week, partly because of good word-of-mouth, and was added in 87 more theaters for a total of 102. The movie earned $8,912 on each of its screens for a weekend total of $909,000. In two weeks of release, the film has now made around $1.3 million at the box office.

Next week will see the opening of two new films in wide release and one in limited release.

Opening next week in wide release is the new 3D action film Drive Angry. The movie stars Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (Gone in Sixty Seconds), as well as Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Billy Burke (Twilight), Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue), David Morse (16 Blocks), and William Fichtner (Prison Break).

Also opening in wide release next week is the new comedy from There's Something About Mary directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly called Hall Pass. The film stars Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums), and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live), as well as Jenna Fischer (The Office), Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?), Christina Applegate (Going the Distance), and Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

Finally, Opening in limited release next week is the new thriller Brotherhood. The film stars Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jennifer Sipes, Luke Sexton, Preston Vanderslice, and Jesse Steccato. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

Unknown was released February 18th, 2011 and stars Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella, Sebastian Koch, Olivier Schneider. The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

I Am Number Four was released February 18th, 2011 and stars Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Callan McAuliffe, Kevin Durand, Jake Abel, Jeff Hochendoner. The film is directed by D.J. Caruso.

Sources: Box Office Mojo
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Comments (33)

  1. Dan

    This is true, Ms. @lane1.

    Day-Lewis will be the definitive Lincoln. There won't be any logical reason for anyone else to play the role after him :P at least in a serious, non-vampire killing way.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  2. Lane

    To be honest, after what happened to his wife, I think he just feels like he needs to be out there working. I don't think he's taking just any role for the money (like Cage is doing after losing his mansion), but he does have kids to support. Regardless, he's good in just about anything he does so I really don't mind if he's doing films like this to help pass the time. He can take as much time as he needs to branch out again, as far as I'm concerned. That's perfectly fine by me.

    And after hearing about Day-Lewis being cast, does anyone really think ANYone could play that role better than him? No... I didn't think so. :P

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  3. Dan

    @daveactor7 I too think he should be kicking himself for turning down Lincoln. Day-Lewis will walk away with that little gold man from that, mark my words.

    However, gotta also agree with @lane1, in that Neeson is a bonafide bad ass. I wouldn't mind him taking more dramatic roles either, but he seems to like the action genre a lot lately. Maybe in time he'll come back around to other stuff.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. Daveactor7

    @lane my opinion. Second-I really don't see him as a badass. Third-well that's good for him but I'd really like to see him as a more gripping character. Like Schindler for example. Lincoln seemed like the role for him but he turned it down -_-

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  5. Dan

    Lots of good word of mouth over Unknown. Maybe I'll see it with the step dad next weekend. He's into those movies.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. Lane

    @jonspidey07 and @daveactor7: Neeson doesn't need to change his career. If by he plays the "same guy over and over again", you mean a bad-ass, then yes. He is a bad-ass. Hardly something about his career that needs changing. Especially if people are still going to see his movies.

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  7. Lane

    @2movieguys is incorrect. Pay no attention to that "boring", uh... unknowing comment.

    yeah :P

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  8. Lane

    Go Neeson! This film was actually quite good. :D

    4 years agoby @lane1Flag

  9. Justhim_sir

    That's some funny sh*t! After all that advertisement that stupid movie I am number four still couldn't hit number 1, giving networks excusive clips and the Liam Neeson movie unknown took number 1, that wasn't that heavy advertise as I am number four, LMAO!

    4 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  10. fanboy

    Glad it took #1, still need to see though

    4 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  11. skywise

    glad to see ol Liam can still pull in the crowds.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  12. DoubleR0522

    Unknown was preety good, I Am Number was Awesome !!!

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  13. Butso

    Unknown is the BEAST \o/

    4 years agoby @detegolomesheFlag

  14. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    But I Am Number Four was more anticipated and popular (It's based on a book)
    How come it did second
    Maybe because of the reviews or the actors (This is like PJ: The Lightning Thief last year
    both are based on books and believed to be more like a blockbuster but I guess February isn't the right month for it!)

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  15. ed_wood

    Unknown was ok, and I mean just ok. I am Number Four was really good, best of the weekend.

    4 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  16. Emmytt


    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  17. moviegeek

    I love how they used the poster from the original Big Momma's House for the new one. . . lol.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  18. Daveactor7

    @JonSpidey lol he really does play the same guy over and over. Damn I wish he still were playing Lincoln. That couldve changed his career

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  19. K.Guy

    Just came back from 'Unknown'. Really nice mystery.

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  20. Cb_MoViE

    I AM NUMBER FOUR was amazing!

    4 years agoby @cb-movieFlag

  21. JonSpidey07

    I Am Number Four was better than I thought
    I like Liam Neeson but he plays the same person over and over again

    4 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  22. Xybernetic

    I knew unknown was gonna top this and no way was "I am number four" making over 30 mil as predicted by movieweb

    4 years agoby @xyberneticFlag

  23. CelluloidDreams

    I saw "Unknown" .....Boring ...with a capital "B" ....I saw what could be the 1st "Worst Film of 2011"....!!!!

    Very unplausible .....very "unkown"script.... & January Jones gave a very wooden performance!!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  24. TheDude1

    @mattbierwagen Is correct. Unknown is awesome. Worth 10 bucks for sure. And we all know Liam Neeson is just a kick ass actor so that alone should make anyone want to see it.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  25. Worth5Bucks

    @daveactor7 it was worth a shot :P

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  26. Daveactor7

    @Worth that doesnt pursuade me one bit lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  27. Worth5Bucks

    @daveactor7 forget the bad title and call it "Liam Neeson: Bad-Ass 3" thats what you go for

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  28. Daveactor7

    I might see Unknown.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  29. Worth5Bucks

    Im seeing unknown tomorrow

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  30. Kazuma731

    I saw Unknown on Friday, I Am Number Four on Saturday.

    They switched theaters. Unknown first got theater 5, which is only 100 seats. I Am Number Four had theater 2, over 200 seats. The next day they switch.

    4 years agoby @kazuma731Flag

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