|Justin Bieber in Toronto - February 2011|
Congratulations to Justin Bieber who last night topped the Box Office with over $12.5 million in Ticket Sales from his Motion Picture debut, Never Say Never 3-D. Although impressive, industry insiders are predicting that by Sunday, the Film will slip to second with Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston's Just Go With It expected to take top spot. The Sandler Romantic-Comedy placed second last night with $9.7 million earned.
I would have to go against what these insiders are predicting. Sunday traditionally is a day which Families come out in hoards to the theatres and I wouldn't be surprised if Bieber actually takes it all this weekend. We'll see tomorrow....
Bieber's Film directed by Jon Chu, has actually received pretty strong reviews with Rotten Tomatoes listing it at 63% on the Tomatometer. Just Go With It unanimously has received negative reviews, a much lower 18%.
For my coverage of the Toronto premiere of Never Say Never, click here.
UPDATE: It was a close finish this weekend as Just Go With It just edged out Never Say Never by a hair. The former brought in $31 million while the latter earned $30.2 million. One can't say that Bieber didn't try hard, running an incentive on Twitter which awarded some lucky Fans a date with him should they order tickets through MovieTickets.com.
Elton John-produced Animated Feature Gnomeo & Juliet placed a respectable third for Summit Entertainment with $25.5 million. The Eagle starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, placed a distant fourth with $8.6 million - perhaps not the best weekend to open.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)