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Box Office 2/27/2011

In an unusual feat, Gnomeo rose to No. 1 in its third weekend — The Blind Side and True Grit did the same — grossing an estimated $14.2 million for a cume of $75.1 million, according to Rentrak.

Gnomeo, made by the now-shuttered Miramax and released under the Touchstone banner, fell only 26% from last weekend.

Hall Pass, from New Line, grossed a soft $13.4 million from 2,950 theaters. The picture had been expected to open at least several million dollars higher, but didn’t get enough young adults and older teens. A full 72% of the audience was over the age of 25.

Nicolas Cage action pic Drive Angry 3D, the weekend’s other new film, was dead on arrival. The movie, distributed in the U.S. by Summit Entertainment, grossed an estimated $5.1 million to come in No. 9.

The Weinstein Co.’s Oscar The King’s Speech was up 17% from last weekend for a new domestic cume of $111.2 million. King’s Speech placed No. 8 for the weekend.

Elsewhere on the box office chart, Liam Neeson action-thriller Unknown placed No. 3 for the weekend. The Warner Bros./Dark Castle release fell 43% to an estimated $12.4 million for a cume of $42.8 million in its first 10 days.

Sony’s Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Just Go With It continued to hold well in its third frame, grossing an estimated $11.1 million for a cume of $79.4 million, and coming in No. 4.

Just Go With It was in a close race with DreamWorks Studios and Touchstone’s teen sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four, which fell 43% in its second weekend to an estimated $11 million for a cume of $37.7 million.

New Regency and 20th Century Fox’s Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son saw a bigger dip in its second weekend, falling 54% to an estimated $7.6 million for a cume of $28.6 million.

Box Office 2/13/2011

Last week, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston — stars of Sony’s new comedy Just Go With It — joked there was enough room at the box office for both them and teen icon Justin Bieber.

Barely, as it turns out. According to weekend estimates, Go With It opened to an estimated $31 million from 3,548 theaters, while Paramount’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never far outpaced expectations in grossing an estimated $30.3 million from 3,105 locations, including 2,156 higher-priced 3D runs.

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.

Never Say Never’s cume is $31 million when folding in the $740,000 grossed from special screenings on Feb. 9. The performance of the hybrid biopic-concert film further solidifies Bieber’s star status and the financial power of his girl-driven fan base.

Go With It is off to a solid start, but will need good legs over President’s Day weekend. Sony also is expecting a spike tomorrow on Valentine’s Day.

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.

Disney’s 3D family entry Gnomeo & Juliet did strong business in debuting to an estimated $25.5 million from 2,994 locations, scoring the best February opening for an animated pic (not a primetime month for toons). Rivals credit a strong marketing campaign for the film’s success, as well as great reviews. Film came in No. 3.

Focus Features’ Channing Tatum Roman epic The Eagle, the weekend’s fourth new wide player, opened on the high end of expectations, grossing an estimated $8.6 million from 2,296 theaters to place No. 4.

Among limited openers, Fox Searchlight’s comedy Cedar Rapids scored the best location average of the weekend. Pic grossed an estimated $310,789 from 15 theaters for an average of $20,179.

Back on the top 10 chart, Screen Gems’ The Roommate held well in its second weekend, grossing an estimated $8.4 million for a cume of $26.1 million in its first 10 days. The thriller came in No. 5.

The Weinstein Co.’s awards frontrunner The King’s Speech continued to succeed, coming in No. 6 and grossing an estimated $7.4 million for a domestic cume of $93.9 million.


Michael Rosenbaum Back for Series Finale: ‘I’m Doing It For the Fans’

The small-screen Superman mythos just breathed an enormous sigh of relief.

After nearly a year of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, Michael Rosenbaum has inked a deal to reprise his role as Smallville‘s Lex Luthor in the two-hour season finale airing May 13, TVLine has learned.

“I’m delighted to return for the series finale,” Rosenbaum tells TVLine exclusively. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha.”

The actor continues, “I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the bad-ass he’s destined to be.”

Executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson say of Rosenbaum’s encore, “It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited. And as far as the way he returns… there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”

Rosenbaum’s return was considered by many to be the missing piece of the show’s 10th final run, which has welcomed back alums such as John Schneider and Annette O’Toole (as Jonathan and Martha Kent) and John Glover (Lionel Luthor), and later this season Laura Vandervoort (Kara/Supergirl) and Callum Blue (Zod).

But having Lex back in the flesh given the series’ wrap-up and a season-long storyline strongly hinting at the supervillain’s return seemed almost imperative. At the time that Smallville‘s final season was announced, series star/exec producer Tom Welling expressed that he would “definitely” like to have Rosenbaum back, saying, “With Clark propelled into being Superman, how do you do it without a Lex Luthor? That just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Rosenbaum last appeared on Smallville in May 2008, for the Season 7 finale. Prior to his encore as Lex, he next can be seen in a recurring role on the Fox comedy Breaking In, which premieres April 6.

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