Adam Sandler & Jennifer Aniston: Bikini or No, Last Day on Top + Justin Bieber Says 'Never'

by Zac Gille
Jennifer Aniston bikiniJennifer Aniston bikini pic: Adam Sandler leading lady in 'Just Go with It.'

Jennifer Aniston & Adam Sandler 'Just Go with It' box office: Bikini or no, last day on top

Feb. 18, '11, update: The Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go with It, which also features Brooklyn Decker and Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), was the no. 1 movie at the U.S. and Canada box office on Thu., Feb. 17, '11. That marked Sandler's last time at the top of the domestic chart for a while.

This President's Day weekend, Just Go with It will be competing with the Alex Pettyfer sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four, the Liam Neeson action thriller Unknown, and the even more lowbrow comedy Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, starring Martin Lawrence. Pundits expect I Am Number Four to top the North American box office chart.

According to Box Office Mojo, Just Go with It collected $1.88 million on Thursday, followed by Gnomeo & Juliet with $1.01 million. The animated film features songs by Elton John and the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Matt Lucas, and two-time Oscar winners Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules) and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite).

At no. 3, Jon M. Chu's 3D Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never grossed $959,000.

'The King's Speech,' 'The Eagle'

Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (The Man Between, Richard III) drew $643,000 at no. 4.

At no. 5, Kevin Macdonald's period actioner The Eagle earned 534,000. In the cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, and veteran Donald Sutherland (Klute, Steelyard Blues).

Next in line were Ivan Reitman's Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached with $435,000 at no. 6 and Christian E. Christiansen's thriller The Roommate with $403,000 at no. 7. In the cast: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Nina Dobrev, and Matt Lanter.

Executive produced by James Cameron, the 3D underwater adventure movie Sanctum brought in $390,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

Adam Sandler Just Go with ItAdam Sandler in 'Just Go with It.'

'Just Go with It' has highest average

Among the top twelve movies, Adam Sandler's Just Go with It had the highest per-theater average, $531. The Rite had the lowest, $107.

Ten of the top twelve movies posted attendance gains on Thursday. Gnomeo & Juliet posted the highest Wed.-to-Thu. gains, up 16 percent. The Mechanic posted the lowest, up 1 percent. The two movies that were (only slightly) down were The Rite, down 1 percent, and Sanctum, down 0.1 percent.

 

Jennifer Aniston bikini pic and Adam Sandler Just Go with It image: Columbia Pictures.

Justin Bieber mother Pattie Mallette Never Say NeverJustin Bieber and his mother Pattie Mallette in 'Never Say Never.'

Justin Bieber talks abortion, universal health care

Feb. 16, '11, update: Pop icon Justin Bieber has received lots of publicity following his remarks about abortion – “I really don't believe in abortion. It's like killing a baby?” – and health care in Rolling Stone magazine. Regarding health care, Bieber avers:

Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.

It remains to be seen whether Justin Bieber's remarks and his Rolling Stone cover will generate more (or fewer) box office sales for the 3D bio-musical documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. But really, chances are neither Bieber's remarks nor the magazine cover will make any difference whatsoever.

According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was no. 2 on the domestic box office chart on Tuesday, Feb. 15, '11, grossing $1.068 million, trailing only the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go with It.

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' trailer.

'Just Go with It' plummets

Following a strong Monday, Just Go with It plummeted on Tuesday, taking in $2.34 million (down 61 percent).

Gnawing at Justin Bieber's box office tail, Kelly Asbury's animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet brought in $1.067 million at no. 3. In the voice cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Matt Lucas, and Maggie Smith, in addition to several Elton John songs.

Tom Hooper's Best Picture BAFTA winner The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (Clash of the Titans, Crimes and Misdemeanors) drew in $688,000 at no. 4.

At no. 5, Kevin Macdonald's The Eagle earned 683,000. The period actioner stars Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Jamie Bell, and veteran Donald Sutherland (MASH, Ordinary People).

'No Strings Attached'-'Sanctum' Near tie

Next in line were Ivan Reitman's Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached with $502,500 at no. 6 and, right on its heels, the 3D underwater adventure movie Sanctum, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Richard Roxburgh, with $502,000 at no. 7.

At no. 8, Christian E. Christiansen's thriller The Roommate brought in $469,000. In the cast: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Matt Lanter, Nina Dobrev, and Twilight actor Cam Gigandet.

Rounding out the Top Twelve movies on Tuesday were:

  • The Mechanic with $315,000.
    Cast: Jason Statham. Ben Foster.
  • Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit with $277,000.
    Cast: Jeff Bridges. Matt Damon. Hailee Steinfeld. Josh Brolin.
  • The Rite with $266,000.
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins. Colin O'Donoghue.
  • The Green Hornet with $250,000.
    Cast: Seth Rogen. Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz. Christoph Waltz. Tom Wilkinson.

Among the top twelve movies, Just Go with It had the highest per-theater average, $660. The Green Hornet had the lowest, $120.

Also among the top twelve, The Roommate posted the highest Mon.-to-Tue. drop-off rate, down 70 percent. The Eagle posted the lowest, down 37 percent.

'Just Go with It': Only movie above $1 million mark

Feb. 17 update: The only movie to gross more than $1 million on Wednesday was the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go with It, which took in $1.77 million.

Both the 3D Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Kelly Asbury's animated Gnomeo & Juliet fell below the $1 million per day mark for the first time on Day 6. Up one spot at no. 2, Gnomeo & Juliet collected $877,000. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never grossed $830,000, down one spot at no. 3.

Rounding out the Top Five were The King's Speech with $605,000 and The Eagle with 527,000.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, and featuring Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, and Benjamin Millepied Black Swan was the big story of the day, having passed the $100 million milestone at the U.S. and Canada box office.

 

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never trailer and image of Justin Bieber and his mother Pattie Mallette: Paramount Pictures.

Just Go with It Adam Sandler Jennifer Aniston'Just Go with It': Adam Sandler. Jennifer Aniston.

'Just Go with It' topped weekend box office despite earning less than estimated

Feb. 14, '11, afternoon update: The Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It, also starring Jennifer Aniston and featuring Nicole Kidman, took in $30.51 million in the U.S. and Canada this past weekend (Feb. 11-13, '11), according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. That's about $500,000 less than Sunday studio estimates.

At no. 2, the 3D Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never grossed $29.51 million, or about $700,000 less than estimated. Even so, that's more than twice the film's $13 million budget. Including its Wed. night take, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never has collected $30.25 million.

At no. 3, Gnomeo & Juliet earned $25.35 million. The animated film features songs by Elton John, and the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Matt Lucas, and two-time Academy Award winners Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules) and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite).

The Eagle movie Channing Tatum'The Eagle' movie. Channing Tatum.

Channing Tatum's 'The Eagle' movie lands with a thud

New entry The Eagle crashed onto the no. 4 spot with 8.68 million. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, the Gladiator-ish actioner stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, and veteran Donald Sutherland (MASH, Invasion of the Body Snatchers).

At no. 5, Christian E. Christiansen's poorly received thriller The Roommate, featuring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Matt Lanter, and Cam Gigandet, brought in $8.12 million.

Tom Hooper's Best Picture BAFTA winner The King's Speech drew in $7.23 million at no. 6. The Weinstein Company release toplines Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (one of the 1973 film versions of A Doll's House, the 1981 Clash of the Titans).*

More Top Twelve box office movies

Rounding out the Top Twelve movies on the North American box office chart were:

  • The romantic comedy No Strings Attached with $5.81 million at no. 7.
    Dir.: Ivan Reitman.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Ashton Kutcher.
  • The 3D underwater adventure Sanctum, executive produced by James Cameron, with $5.66 million at no. 8.
    Dir.: Alister Grierson.
    Cast: Rhys Wakefield. Ioan Gruffudd. Richard Roxburgh.
  • The Western True Grit, previously filmed (1969) as a John Wayne star vehicle, with $3.78 million at no. 9.
    Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen.
    Cast: Jeff Bridges. Matt Damon. Hailee Steinfeld. Josh Brolin. Barry Pepper.
  • The cartoonish The Green Hornet with $3.67 million at no. 10.
    Dir.: Michel Gondry.
    Cast: Seth Rogen. Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz. Tom Wilkinson. Christoph Waltz.
  • The horror flick The Rite with $3.25 million at no. 11.
    Dir.: Mikael Håfström.
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins. Colin O'Donoghue. Ciarán Hinds. Alice Braga. Rutger Hauer.
  • The actioner The Mechanic with $3.2 million at no. 12.
    Dir.: Simon West.
    Cast: Jason Statham. Ben Foster.

Oscar movies 'Black Swan,' 'The Fighter' gone from the Top Twelve

Gone from the U.S. and Canada Top Twelve box office chart were:

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never': Highest per-theater average

Among the Top Twelve movies, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – with the help of 3D surcharges – had the highest per-theater average, $9,505. That's more than a bit ahead of the Just Go with It average, $8,601. The Rite had the lowest, $1,474.

Barring newcomers Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Just Go with It, Gnomeo & Juliet, and The Eagle, also among the Top Twelve, The Roommate posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 46 percent. The King's Speech posted the lowest, down 6 percent.

* Jane Fonda starred in the other 1973 film version of Ibsen's A Doll's House.

 

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler Just Go with It image: Tracy Bennett / Sony Pictures.

Channing Tatum The Eagle movie image: Focus Features.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never poster'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' poster: Deep purple.

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' vs. another Adam Sandler comedy: Box office

Feb. 14, '11, early morning update: The 3D Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never topped the North American box office on Friday, Feb. 11, '11, but fell slightly behind the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go with It (also featuring Nicole Kidman) on the weekend proper (Feb. 11-13) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. But even if at no. 1, Just Go with It underperformed, whereas Justin Bieber: Never Say Never overperformed.

If studio estimates hold, Just Go with It – also featuring Brooklyn Decker and sort of a disguised remake of Blake Edwards' Ten – topped the weekend with $31 million, followed by Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with $30.26 million and the animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet, which also performed better than expected, with $25.5 million.*

Elton John songs in 'Gnomeo & Juliet'

Executive-produced and featuring songs by Elton John, Gnomeo & Juliet is voiced by the likes of:

  • James McAvoy (Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland, Joe Wright's Atonement).
  • Emily Blunt (David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada).
  • Matt Lucas (Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland).
  • Two-time Academy Award winner Maggie Smith (Ronald Neame's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Herbert Ross' California Suite).
  • Two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine (Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters, Lasse Hallström's The Cider House Rules).
The Eagle Channing Tatum'The Eagle' with Channing Tatum.

'The Eagle' lands with a thud

New entry The Eagle landed on the no. 4 spot with a lowly $8.59 million. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, the period actioner stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, and veteran Donald Sutherland (MASH, Klute).

At no. 5, Christian E. Christiansen's thriller The Roommate, featuring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, and Matt Lanter, brought in $8.4 million.

Tom Hooper's Best Picture BAFTA winner The King's Speech drew in $7.41 million at no. 6. The period drama stars the following:

Colin Firth. Geoffrey Rush. Helena Bonham Carter. Guy Pearce. Derek Jacobi. Jennifer Ehle. Anthony Andrews. Michael Gambon. Eve Best. Veteran Claire Bloom (The Illustrated Man, Islands in the Stream).

More Top Twelve box office movies

Rounding out the Top Twelve movies on the U.S. and Canada box office chart were:

  • No Strings Attached with $5.64 million at no. 7.
    Dir.: Ivan Reitman.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Ashton Kutcher.
  • Sanctum with $5.13 million at no. 8.
    Dir.: Alister Grierson.
    Cast: Rhys Wakefield. Ioan Gruffudd. Richard Roxburgh.
  • True Grit with $3.77 million.
    Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen.
    Cast: Jeff Bridges. Matt Damon. Hailee Steinfeld. Josh Brolin. Barry Pepper.
  • The Green Hornet with $3.6 million.
    Dir.: Michel Gondry.
    Cast: Seth Rogen. Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz. Tom Wilkinson. Christoph Waltz.
  • The Rite with $3.22 million.
    Dir.: Mikael Håfström.
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins. Colin O'Donoghue. Ciarán Hinds. Alice Braga. Rutger Hauer.
  • The Mechanic with $3.13 million.
    Dir.: Simon West.
    Cast: Jason Statham. Ben Foster.

Oscar movies 'Black Swan,' 'The Fighter' gone from the Top Twelve

Gone from the top twelve were:

  • Black Swan.
    Dir.: Darren Aronofsky.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Barbara Hershey. Winona Ryder.
  • The Fighter.
    Dir.: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Amy Adams. Christian Bale. Melissa Leo.
  • The Dilemma.
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Vince Vaughn. Kevin James. Jennifer Connelly. Winona Ryder. Channing Tatum. Queen Latifah.
  • 127 Hours.
    Dir.: Danny Boyle.
    Cast: James Franco. Kate Mara. Amber Tamblyn.

Among the Top Twelve movies, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, with the assistance of 3D surcharges, had the highest per-theater average: $9,746. The Rite had the lowest: $1,459.

Barring newcomers Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Just Go with It, Gnomeo & Juliet, and The Eagle, among the Top Twelve box office movies Sanctum posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 46 percent. The King's Speech posted the lowest, down 4 percent.

* A 1979 sleeper hit, Ten starred Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and newcomer Bo Derek.

 

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never poster: Paramount Pictures.

Justin Bieber Never Say Never movie'Justin Bieber Never Say Never' movie.

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' movie surprisingly tops Friday box office

Sat., Feb. 12, '11, update: The 3D Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was the somewhat surprising victor at the North American box office on Friday, Feb. 11, '11, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never grossed an impressive $12.38 million, way ahead of the no. 2 entry, the Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It.

Also featuring Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Just Go with It collected a relatively modest $9.7 million. It should be noted that Adam Sandler's lowbrow comedies usually have strong openings.

So, Justin Bieber and Adam Sandler will be fighting it out for the top spot at the domestic weekend box office. Official studio estimates will be released Sunday morning.

'The Eagle' has crash-landed

The no. 3 spot went to another new entry, Gnomeo & Juliet, with $6.1 million. The animated tale was executive-produced and features songs by Elton John.

In the Gnomeo & Juliet voice cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Matt Lucas, and two-time Oscar winners Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite) and Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules).

On the no. 4 spot was Kevin Macdonald's period actioner The Eagle – no connection to the Clarence Brown-directed Rudolph Valentino-Vilma Banky period adventure romance of the same name (heard of it?).

This early 21st-century The Eagle debuted with a disappointing $2.75 million. In the cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, and veteran Donald Sutherland (MASH, Ordinary People).

At no. 5, Christian E. Christiansen's thriller The Roommate, featuring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, and Matt Lanter, brought in $2.6 million.

'The King's Speech' down five slots

Down five slots – from no. 1 (on Thursday) to no. 6 – Tom Hooper's The King's Speech drew in $1.86 million. In the cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (Innocents in Paris, High Infidelity).

Next in line was Ivan Reitman's romantic comedy No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, with $1.68 million at no. 7.

The no. 8 movie was the 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, executive produced by Avatar and Titanic filmmaker James Cameron. Directed by Alister Grierson, and featuring Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, Richard Roxburgh, and Allison Cratchley, Sanctum earned $1.4 million.

Both No Strings Attached and Sanctum were also down five spots compared to the day before.

Box office chart: More Top Twelve movies

Rounding out the Top Twelve movies on the domestic box office chart were the following:

  • True Grit with $943,000.
    Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen.
    Cast: Jeff Bridges. Matt Damon. Hailee Steinfeld. Josh Brolin. Barry Pepper.
  • The Green Hornet with $885,000.
    Dir.: Michel Gondry.
    Cast: Seth Rogen. Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz. Tom Wilkinson. Christoph Waltz.
  • The Rite with $880,000.
    Dir.: Mikael Håfström.
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins. Colin O'Donoghue. Ciarán Hinds. Alice Braga. Rutger Hauer.
  • The Mechanic with $840,000.
    Dir.: Simon West.
    Cast: Jason Statham. Ben Foster.

One single Natalie Portman movie on Top Twelve box office chart

Natalie Portman now has only one single movie on the Top Twelve box office chart. Gone from the chart on Friday were:

  • Black Swan.
    Dir.: Darren Aronofsky.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Winona Ryder. Barbara Hershey. Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied. Toby Hemingway. Sebastian Stan. Ksenia Solo.
  • The Fighter.
    Dir.: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Amy Adams. Melissa Leo. Christian Bale.
  • The Dilemma.
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Vince Vaughn. Kevin James. Winona Ryder. Jennifer Connelly. Channing Tatum. Queen Latifah.
  • 127 Hours.
    Dir.: Danny Boyle.
    Cast: James Franco. Amber Tamblyn. Kate Mara.

Among the Top Twelve movies, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, with the help of 3D surcharges, had the highest per-theater average, $3,989. The Rite had the lowest, $399.

Excepting newcomers Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Just Go with It, Gnomeo & Juliet, and The Eagle, among the Top Twelve movies on the U.S. and Canada box office chart, The Roommate posted the highest Thu.-Fri. attendance increase, up 329 percent. The Mechanic posted the lowest, up 61 percent.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never concert'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' concert movie and biographical documentary.

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' movie preview

Feb. 9: The documentary / concert movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never will be screening at 300 theaters in North America on Wed. night, two days (or rather, a day and a half) prior to the official debut of the 3D biographical documentary at more than 3,000 locations on Friday, Feb. 11.

These 300 special screenings are already sold out despite the hefty price tag for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never tickets: $30 per person. Admittedly, that includes not only the chance to see Justin Bieber in 3D, but also to take home Never Say Never souvenirs such as, huh, purple-colored 3D glasses.

Staying true to the Justin Bieber-fans relationship

“As we were putting together the release plan for this movie, we were very respectful of the relationship Justin has developed with his fans,” Paramount Vice Chair Rob Moore was quoted as saying in The Hollywood Reporter. “We wanted to stay to true to that relationship, and give them a special and specific way to be the first ones to see the movie.”

“Special and specific” is right. More than 60,000 tickets sold at $30 a pop have generated about $2 million. Of that amount, half will be reported as box office revenues; the other half as merchandising income.

 

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never movie images: Paramount Pictures.

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