Heading into the weekend, Unknown and Gnomeo and Juliet continued to lead the daily box office.

$30.4 Million for ‘Unknown’ in First Week

on February 25, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Unknown rounded out its first week in theaters with a third straight first place finish at the daily box office on Thursday. The Liam Neeson vehicle from Warner Bros. grossed $1.50 million, which was up 1 percent from Wednesday. In general, Thursday's grosses for wide releases were fairly similar to Wednesday's grosses. Unknown took first place for the week with a seven-day start of $30.41 million. Unknown is currently running just 8 percent behind the pace of 2009's Taken, though the gap between the performances of the two films should widen very quickly.

Disney's Gnomeo and Juliet grossed $1.39 million to take second place once again. The break-out 3D computer animated film was up 6 percent over Wednesday and up 37 percent over last Thursday. Gnomeo and Juliet finished in a very close second place for the week with a weekly take of $29.91 million (down a very slim 4 percent from the previous week). Gnomeo and Juliet surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has a chance of leading the box office this weekend if Warner's Hall Pass should happen to under-perform.

Just Go With It held steady in third with $1.27 million. Sony's romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston was up 1 percent from Wednesday and down a respectable 32 percent from last Thursday. Just Go With It took fourth place for the week with $25.70 million. That was down 40 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's two-week total to $68.25 million.

I Am Number Four grossed $1.22 million to remain in fourth. The first release of the DreamWorks and Disney partnership was up 3 percent over Wednesday. I Am Number Four didn't live up to its lofty expectations this week, but it was able to hold up decently as the midweek went on. The film finished in third for the week with a first-week performance of $26.71 million.

Heading into Academy Award weekend, The King's Speech was up two spots and 6 percent from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five. The Best Picture hopeful from The Weinstein Company grossed $0.71 million. The King's Speech took seventh place for the week with $10.18 million and has now grossed an exceptional $106.89 million to date domestically.

Fox's Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son was down one spot and 2 percent to finish in seventh with $0.67 million. Coming as no surprise, the comedy sequel is already showing signs of being very front-loaded. Big Mommas grossed $21.02 million in its first week of release, which was a bit softer than expected and good enough for fifth place this week.

Tags: Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, The King's Speech, I Am Number Four, Just Go With It, Gnomeo and Juliet, Unknown

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