'Gnomeo & Juliet' Fends Off 'Hall Pass' and 'Unknown' During Close Weekend

on February 27, 2011 by Phil Contrino
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Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet will squeak past Hall Pass and Unknown in order to claim the top spot during its third weekend in theaters. The animated flick is showing some serious staying power, and it's on pace to hit at least $100 million domestically.

Hall Pass took in $4.6 million on Friday and $5.7 million on Saturday. Warner Bros. is estimating $13.4 million for the weekend. That's an underwhelming start, and it doesn't reverse the Farrelly Brothers' cold streak. The duo hasn't had a blockbuster hit since 2000's Me, Myself & Irene.

Unknown is set for a third place finish. The action flick brought in $3.85 million on Friday. While it's not performing quite as well as Taken, Unknown is still turning into a solid mid-range hit for WB.

The new "Director's Fan Cut" of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never helped the concert film avoid a serious drop during its third frame. The Paramount release is holding its audience quite well compared to other films in the genre.

Drive Angry is a serious dud. The Nicolas Cage vehicle wasn't able to come close to a $10 million debut even with the help of 3D ticket prices. The Summit release marks Cage's second dud in as many months. Season of the Witch has managed only $25 million domestically since opening in January. The CinemaScore rating is a mediocre C+. Summit is reporting that 69% of the audience was male and 57% was over 30.

Comparison Data:

Jan. 1 to Feb. 27, 2011: $1,405,587,000*
Jan. 1 to Feb. 27, 2010: $1,783,821,000
Total Decrease: $378,234,000, -21.2%

Feb. 1 to Feb. 24, 2011: $650,298,000*
Feb. 1 to Feb. 27, 2010: $724,247,000
Total Decrease: $73,949,000, -10.2%

Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2011: $109,000,000
Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2010: $119,373,000
Total Decrease: $10,373,000, 8.7%

Check back tomorrow for weekend actuals.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Gnomeo & Juliet, Hall Pass, Unknown, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
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