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Adam Sandler & Jennifer Aniston: Bikini Desire Tops + James Cameron Underwater Movie Flops

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Jennifer Aniston bikini pic: Adam Sandler leading lady in Just Go with It.
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Jennifer Aniston bikini & Adam Sandler: Just Go with It tops domestic box office

Feb. 18 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. 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 Boxofficemojo.com, 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.

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

Just Go with It is 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.

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.

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Just Go with It: Adam Sandler. Jennifer Aniston.

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

Feb. 14 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 (A Doll’s House, Clash of the Titans).

‘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.

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

Channing Tatum The Eagle movie image: Focus Features.

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).

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).

The King's Speech movie‘The King’s Speech’ movie with two-time Oscar nominee Colin Firth.

‘The King’s Speech’ movie domestic box office: Tops second consecutive day

Feb. 11 update: The King’s Speech topped the North American box office for the second day in a row. The 2011 Best Picture Oscar favorite drew in $805,000 on Thursday, according to Box Office Mojo.

However, the brief reign of The King’s Speech will come to an end today, as both the Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It (with Nicole Kidman in a supporting role) and the Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never are expected to land the top two spots on the U.S. and Canada box office chart.

Directed by Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (The Buccaneer, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm).

‘No Strings Attached’ no. 2

Trailing The King’s Speech, the Ivan Reitman-directed Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached collected $712,000, followed by the 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, executive-produced by Avatar and Titanic filmmaker James Cameron, with $627,000.

At no. 4, Christian E. Christiansen’s thriller The Roommate, featuring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, and Matt Lanter, brought in $605,000.

The Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic earned $522,000 at no. 5. The film is a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle co-starring Jan-Michael Vincent.

The King's Speech cast‘The King’s Speech’ cast members Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth.

‘The King’s Speech’ on top

Thu., Feb. 10: On its 76th day out, Tom Hooper’s period movie The King’s Speech topped the U.S. and Canada box office, collecting $680,000 according to Box Office Mojo.

Although it was a dreary domestic box office day, the feat of The King’s Speech shouldn’t be dismissed. The generally acclaimed period drama starring Colin Firth has displayed enormous resilience in the last two and a half months, and – if it comes out on top on Oscar night – it’ll probably pass the $100 million mark in North America. Not bad at all for a $15 million-budgeted movie.

No Strings Attached rises

Not far behind The King’s Speech, the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached – a release with stronger legs than initially thought – collected $665,000, up one spot at no. 2. Surely, the Best Actress Oscar ballyhoo vis a vis Portman’s performance in Black Swan hasn’t done any harm to her mostly dismissed early 2011 release.

Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth The King’s Speech movie images: The Weinstein Company.

Sanctum movie Rhys Wakefield‘Sanctum’ movie: Rhys Wakefield in James Cameron-produced 3D underwater adventure.

Box office: James Cameron-produced 3D underwater movie ‘Sanctum’ rises to the top

Tue., Feb. 8, box office update: Following a weak post-2011 Super Bowl Monday, the North American box office was mostly up on Tuesday. Even so, not even the no. 1 movie, Sanctum, managed to score more than $850,000 (compared to $810,000 the day before).

The Top Ten movies were down 3 percent compared to last week, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

For the second day in a row, the no. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada was the 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, executive-produced by Avatar and Titanic filmmaker James Cameron, and directed by Alister Grierson (of the 2006 World War II drama Kokoda). Featuring Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, and Richard Roxburgh, Sanctum brought in $849,000.

‘The King’s Speech’ up two spots

Up two spots at no. 2, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech drew in $803,000. The period drama toplines the following:

Colin Firth. Geoffrey Rush. Helena Bonham Carter. Guy Pearce. Veteran Claire Bloom (James Mason’s leading lady in The Man Between, Laurence Olivier’s in Richard III).

At no. 3, the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached collected $796,000. It was followed by Christian E. Christiansen’s poorly received thriller The Roommate with $706,000 – down two spots at no. 4. In the cast: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Matt Lanter, and Cam Gigandet.

At no. 5, the Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic, a remake of the Charles Bronson-Jan-Michael Vincent 1972 thriller, earned $624,000.

More Top Twelve movies

Rounding out the Top Twelve at the Tuesday box office were the following:

Among the Top Twelve, Black Swan posted the highest Mon.-Tue. attendance increase, up 33 percent. The Rite posted the lowest, up 5 percent.

Sanctum movie Richard Roxburgh‘Sanctum’ movie with Richard Roxburgh.

‘Sanctum’ beats ‘The Roommate’: Domestic box office

Mon., Feb. 7, box office: The post-2011 Super Bowl Monday wasn’t exactly a great day at the U.S. and Canada box office. Not a single movie earned more than $1 million. In fact, not one earned more than $900,000 – or $810,000, for that matter. The Top Ten movies were down 13 percent compared to last week, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

On this unexciting box office day, the no. 1 movie – for the first time – was the 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, executive-produced by James Cameron, and directed by Alister Grierson. Sanctum brought in $808,000.

That was followed by the weekend’s top release, now down one spot, Christian E. Christiansen’s The Roommate, with $706,000.

At no. 3, No Strings Attached collected $653,000. Right on its heels, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech brought in $627,000.

Up two spots at no. 5, The Mechanic earned $551,000.

‘The Green Hornet’ plummets

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

  • The Rite with $503,000 at no. 6.
  • The Green Hornet with $408,000 at no. 7.
  • True Grit with $393,000 at no. 8.
  • Black Swan with $304,000 at no. 9.
  • The Dilemma with $241,000 at no. 10.
  • The Fighter with $238,000 at no. 11.
  • 127 Hours with $136,000 at no. 12.

Among Monday’s Top Twelve movies, The Green Hornet posted the highest Sun.-Mon. drop-off rate, down 59 percent. True Grit posted the lowest, down 37 percent.

Images of Richard Roxburgh and Rhys Wakefield in the James Cameron-produced Sanctum movie: Universal Pictures.

The Roommate cast Cam Gigandet‘The Roommate’ cast member Cam Gigandet.

‘The Roommate’ movie box office: Less than estimated

Feb. 7: Christian E. Christiansen’s poorly received thriller The Roommate, whose cast includes Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Matt Lanter (the Twilight spoof Vampires Suck), and Billy Zane (Titanic), was the no. 1 movie at the North American box office this past 2011 Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 4-6.

According to weekend actuals found at Box Office Mojo (Feb. 7), The Roommate took in $15 million. That’s about $600,000 less than studio estimates published on Sunday.

In fact, most Top Twelve movies among earned slightly less than estimated. The Roommate, The King’s Speech (once again), and No Strings Attached posted the most noticeable discrepancies, ranging between $400,000-$600,000.

‘Sanctum’ slightly better no. 2, ‘The King’s Speech’ down 30 percent

At the other end, the James Cameron-executive-produced 3D action thriller Sanctum and the Natalie Portman star vehicle Black Swan brought in slightly more than estimated.

Directed by Alister Grierson, Sanctum earned $9.44 million in the second slot, followed by Natalie Portman’s other Top Twelve star vehicle, the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, with $8 million at no. 3. Ashton Kutcher co-stars.

At no. 4, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, featuring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom, drew $7.71 million. Instead of the estimated 25 percent published yesterday, The King’s Speech was actually down 30 percent from the previous weekend. Not a huge difference, but enough to place it behind both The Fighter (down 28 percent) and Yogi Bear (down 29 percent).

‘Yogi Bear’ among the Top Twelve

At no. 5, the Seth Rogen-Jay Chou adventure flick The Green Hornet grossed $5.96 million.

Next in line were the Anthony Hopkins-Colin O’Donoghue horror movie The Rite with $5.58 million at no. 6 and the Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic with $5.29 million at no. 7.

At no. 8, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld, scored $4.64 million.

Rounding out the Top Twelve were:

  • Black Swan with $3.73 million.
    Director: Darren Aronofsky.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Barbara Hershey. Winona Ryder. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied.
  • The Dilemma with $3.28 million.
    Director: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Vince Vaughn. Kevin James. Jennifer Connelly. Winona Ryder. Channing Tatum. Queen Latifah.
  • The Fighter with $2.83 million.
    Director: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Christian Bale. Amy Adams. Melissa Leo.
  • Yogi Bear with $2.24 million.
    Director: Eric Brevig.
    Cast: Day Aykroyd (voice). Justin Timberlake (voice). Anna Faris. Tom Cavanagh. T.J. Miller.

‘The Rite’ suffers steepest drop

Among the Top Twelve movies, The Roommate had the highest per-theater average, $5,921. Yogi Bear had the lowest, $1,245.

Also among the Top Twelve (except for newcomers The Roommate and Sanctum), The Rite posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 62 percent. The Fighter posted the lowest, down 28 percent.

The Roommate cast member Cam Gigandet image: Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures.

The Roommate movie Leighton Meester Minka Kelly‘The Roommate’ movie with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly.

‘The Roommate’ movie box office: Leighton Meester-Minka Kelly thriller tops (slow) Super Bowl weekend

Feb. 6: Sony / Screen Gems’ The Roommate topped the North American box office this Super Bowl 2011 weekend, Feb. 4–6, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Christian E. Christiansen’s poorly received thriller took in $15.6 million at 2,534 locations, averaging an acceptable $6,156 per theater.

That’s not bad at all for a movie that cost a reported $16 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses).

The tale of a college freshman obsessed with her roommate, The Roommate features Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Twilight actor Cam Gigandet, Twilight spoof Vampires Suck actor Matt Lanter, and Billy Zane (Titanic).

Sanctum movie Rhys Wakefield‘Sanctum’ movie with Rhys Wakefield and Richard Roxburgh.

James Cameron-produced ‘Sanctum’ movie bombs

Executive produced by James Cameron, the Alister Grierson-directed 3D action thriller Sanctum opened with an abysmal $9.22 million at no. 2. With a per-theater average of $3,310 – despite 3D surcharges – from 2,787 sites, Sanctum will likely be gone from theaters soon.

The story of a deep sea cave expedition gone awry following a major tropical storm, Sanctum features Ioan Gruffudd, Richard Roxburgh, and Rhys Wakefield. The Universal release has little chance of matching its reported $30 million production cost at the domestic box office.

Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy passes $50 million

At no. 3, Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher’s romantic comedy No Strings Attached grossed $8.4 million (down 37 percent). No Strings Attached passed the $50 million mark this Super Bowl weekend; its current domestic total is $51.78 million. Cost: $25 million.

Natalie Portman currently has two quite profitable releases in U.S. and Canadian theaters, the other being Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.

At no. 4, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, continues to perform well, drawing $8.31 million (down 25 percent) this weekend. Domestic total: $84.12 million. Cost: $15 million.

‘The Green Hornet’ down nearly 50 percent

Next in line was the Seth Rogen-Jay Chou adventure flick The Green Hornet with $6.1 million (down 45.5 percent) at no. 5. Total: $87.22 million. Cost: $120 million.

By next weekend, there’s a good chance The King’s Speech will have earned more domestically than the eight times costlier The Green Hornet.

Among the top twelve movies, The Roommate had the highest per-theater average, $6,156. Yogi Bear had the lowest, $1,292.

Also among the top twelve (except for newcomers The Roommate and Sanctum), The Rite posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 62 percent. The King’s Speech posted the lowest, down 25 percent.

Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester The Roommate movie image: Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures.

Rhys Wakefield and Richard Roxburgh Sanctum movie image: Universal Pictures.

The Roommate movie Minka Kelly‘The Roommate’ movie with Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester.

‘The Roommate’ movie box office: Thriller has none too thrilling debut

Feb. 5: At the start of the 2011 Super Bowl weekend, Sony / Screen Gems’ release The Roommate topped the ho-hum North American box office on Friday, Feb. 4, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Christian E. Christiansen-directed thriller took in $6.4 million at 2,534 locations on its first day out. Its per-theater average was an acceptable $2,526, though chances are that things will go downhill from here.

Most critics didn’t get to see The Roommate, but those who did weren’t exactly impressed. Christiansen’s film has an embarrassing 9 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ Top Critics. The tale of a college freshman obsessed with her roommate, the aptly titled The Roommate features in its cast:

Leighton Meester. Minka Kelly. Cam Gigandet (Twilight). Matt Lanter (the Twilight spoof Vampires Suck). Billy Zane (Titanic).

James Cameron ‘Sanctum’ disappoints

Executive produced by James Cameron, the Alister Grierson-directed 3D action thriller Sanctum collected a mere $3.55 million at no. 2. With a per-theater average of $1,275 from 2,787 sites – despite 3D surcharges – Sanctum will be no threat to the box office standing of either Avatar or Titanic.

This tale of a deep sea cave expedition gone awry following a major tropical storm has a lowly 32 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ Top Critics. In the Sanctum cast:

Ioan Gruffudd. Richard Roxburgh. Rhys Wakefield.

Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly The Roommate movie image: Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures.

Ben Foster and Jason Statham The Mechanic movie image: CBS Films.

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