After a rough week ( MVP hoops honor, notwithstanding), the Presidents Day box office seemed poised to finish off Bieber's run.
But it didn't.
Bieber's tween-powered 3-D concert movie held up well for a tween-powered 3-D concert movie. Versus its opening weekend, Friday-Sunday ticket sales for Never Say Never were down an average 55 percent. By comparison, the Miley Cyrus-Hannah Montana concert movie plunged nearly 67 percent in its second weekend; the Jonas Brothers' entry fell a scary 77 percent.
Overall, it was a less bad weekend for Hollywood than it's been in a long while, with six films grossing more than $15 million each from Friday-Monday.
Liam Neeson's $30 million Unknown led the way with a Taken-sized take. I Am Number Four, a sci-fi action flick (unless you watch Glee, in which case, per the commercials, it's a Dianna Agron vehicle), took second with a gross that made up for its bad reviews, but didn't come near matching its reputed $50-60 million budget.
Martin Lawrence's Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son wasn't as big as the comedy franchise's first two flicks, but it did OK considering its own bad reviews.
Among the other holdovers, the animated Gnomeo &Juliet showed more staying power than Adam Sandler's and Jennifer Aniston's Just Go With It.
Among the Oscar contenders, The King's Speech broke $100 million. Worldwide, the $15 million talkie is well past $200 million. The King's Speech became the last awards-show film in the Top 10, as True Grit dropped out after eight blockbuster weekends and $164 million. Further down in the standings, Black Swan flew past $100 million, while The Fighter got a bit closer to $90 million.
Here's an updated look at the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday numbers as compiled by Exhibitor Relations. Estimated grosses for the overall four-day holiday weekend are also included:
Unknown, $21.8 million ($25.6 million Friday-Monday) I Am Number Four, $19.4 million ($22.6 million Friday-Monday) Gnomeo &Juliet, $19.2 million ($24.8 million Friday-Monday) Just Go With It, $18.2 million ($21.7 million Friday-Monday) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, $16.3 million ($19 million Friday-Monday) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $13.3 million ($16.5 million Friday-Monday) The King's Speech, $6.5 million ($7.9 million Friday-Monday) The Roommate, $4.1 million ($4.5 million Friday-Monday) The Eagle, $3.6 million ($4.3 million Friday-Monday) No Strings Attached, $3.1 million ($3.7 million Friday-Monday)
(Originally published Feb. 20, 2011, at 11:04 a.m. PT)