Just Go With It's $42.6 million start was good enough for first place, though it was on the low-end for an Adam Sandler comedy. It was notably off from Sandler's 50 First Dates, which opened to $51.3 million on the same week in 2004. In fact, exempting his more dramatic-leaning titles like Funny People and Spanglish, this was the slowest start for a live-action Sandler movie since Little Nicky in 2000.
While it settled for third place, Gnomeo and Juliet was probably the biggest surprise of the week. It had the look of a B-level animated movie, but its $31 million opening week topped the entire run of Alpha and Omega last fall. Gnomeo will almost certainly finish higher than Never Say Never and even has an off-chance at grossing more than Just Go With It.
The week's final new nationwide release The Eagle finished way below the other openers with a paltry $11.5 million start. That was barely higher than The Roommate, which dropped a light 38 percent to $10.9 million. This hold was much better than past Sony/Screen Gems Super Bowl openers The Messengers and When a Stranger Calls and was good for a two-week total of $28.6 million.
The King's Speech continued its impressive run by easing just three percent to $10.3 million. On Thursday, it passed its most direct Oscar competition, The Social Network, and has now earned $96.7 million.