Now there’s a title none of us was expecting to be hearing or saying!!! Just Go With It, the comedy in which Nicole has a small role alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, has topped the US box office this weekend! Congratulations to Nicole and the Just Go With It team on their success!
Thanks to our forum member LibbieBee for the heads-up about this!
‘Go With It,’ ‘Bieber’ vie for B.O. top spot
After last weekend’s female-charged Super Bowl weekend, women again drove the domestic box office as Sony’s Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston starrer “Just Go With It,” with an estimated $31 million, narrowly beat Paramount’s 3D biopic-music concert hybrid, “Just Bieber: Never Say Never,” which estimated $30.3 million.
“Just Go With It’s” weekend demo was 58% femme-driven – a significant change since Sandler pics typically skew more male – while “Never Say Never” saw an expected overwhelming female turnout, with 84%, boosted by the pop phenom’s teen girl craze.
Despite both films’ strong bows, along with a terrific start for Disney’s 3D toon “Gnomeo and Juliet,” estimating $25.5 million, the weekend sesh still was down from its comparable 2010 frame, which was President’s Day Weekend. Studios expect three-day grosses from this year’s top 10 to trail 2010 by approximately 29%.
That would be in line with the year’s gloomy box office of late, since the domestic B.O. has trailed 2010 by as much as 30% in previous frames. But with Valentine’s Day on Monday, added to last year’s President’s Day advantage, the frame was robust enough, especially among its top players.
“They really clicked with their core audiences,” said Focus Features distribution exec Jack Foley, whose “The Eagle” debuted with a fine $8.6 million from 2,296 locations.
“There’s a diversity now in the marketplace,” Foley added.
Fox Searchlight’s specialty comedy “Cedar Rapids” also got off to a good start in limited release. The film launched with $310,789 from 15 locations for a per-screen average of $20,719.
The Weinstein Co.’s boffo specialty pic “The King’s Speech” continues to serve up its core adult demo with the film dropping just 4% in its 12th week for an estimated take of $7.4 million. “The King’s Speech,” with a total $93.9 million, is on track to becoming 2010′s top specialty title, behind FSL’s “Black Swan,” which now has cumed $99.4 million, after its $2.2 million weekend take.
The race won’t officially be called until Monday morning, when actual Sunday numbers are tallied, although most box office observers expect Go With It to retain the lead.
And news from the international box office (hopefully we’ll have specific UK box office details, and a ranking in the next day or so):
New to the foreign circuit on the weekend was Just Go With It, the romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, which opened No, 1 domestically. Debut weekend offshore drew $5.1 million in its opening weekend at 962 screens in 16 markets.
Overseas, the Sandler-Aniston film opened to $5.1 million from a handful of markets, including the U.K. and Mexico, for a global bow of $36.1 million.