Four-Day Weekend Early Estimates:
1) Unknown: $26 million
2) Gnomeo & Juliet: $25 million
3) I Am Number Four: $23.5 million
4) Just Go With It: $21 million
5) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: $20 million
It's going to be a close race for the top spot between Unknown and Gnomeo and Juliet during the four-day holiday frame. With $6.72 million in the bank on Friday, Unknown looks like it will be ahead from Friday-Sunday. Yet Gnomeo & Juliet could easily close the gap and win the four-day weekend. The animated flick made $4.3 million on Friday, but since it is aimed at families it could surge in a big way on Sunday and Monday.
I Am Number Four has only a very slim chance of still pulling a win this weekend. The sci-fi flick raked in $6.2 million on Friday. Not finishing #1 is certainly a disappointment for the first film of the DreamWorks/Disney union.
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son could end up 4th or 5th place this weekend. The comedy took in $4.8 million on Friday.
One thing is for sure: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is falling off a cliff. The teen sensation's first stab at movie stardom is proving to be incredibly front-loaded. Just Go With It has already widened the gap considerably after finishing very close to Never Say Never last weekend.
Check back tomorrow for studio weekend estimates.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.