As of Thursday, Gnomeo and Juliet resided in second place with $61 million, but that lofty perch will no doubt drop as newbies filter into the marketplace. ...
The Nikkster lists G & J, at #3 coming into the first turn of the derby, with a total by Sunday of $77 million.
1. Hall Pass (New Line/Warner Bros) NEW [2,950 Theaters] -- Friday $4.7M, Estimated Weekend $13M
2. Unknown (Dark Castle/Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,043 Theaters] -- Friday $4M (-40%), Estimated Weekend $14M, Estimated Cume $34.5M
3. Gnomeo & Juliet (Disney) Week 3 [3,037 Theaters] -- Friday $3.4M, Estimated Weekend $16M, Estimated Cume $77M
4. Just Go With It (Sony) Week 3 [3,544 Theaters] -- Friday $3.4M, Estimated Weekend $11.5M, Estimated Cume $80M
5. I Am Number Four (DreamWorks/Disney) Week 2 [3,156 Theaters] -- Friday $3.2M (-48%), Estimated Weekend $10M, Estimated Cume $36.7M
(If you look closely at Nikki's numbers, the garden gnomes could well end up at the top of the heap by Sunday.)
Add On: So whattayaknow? On this sleepy winter's weekend, Gnomeo and Juliet claim the top spot.
'Gnomeo and Juliet' Trumps 'Hall Pass' With $14.2 Million to Win Weekend
... Disney's "Gnomeo" grossed an estimated $14.2 million from 3,037 theaters for a cume of $75.1 million in its third weekend. The film, made by the now-shuttered Miramax and released under the Touchstone banner, fell only 26% from last weekend.
In the last six months, Disney has had back-to-back money-makers with two animated properties that had long, choppy developments. Only shows to go you that if the right talent gets paired with a property, something can be made out of it.