Unknown surprises while I Am Number Four disappoints at the box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

In my review of I AM NUMBER FOUR, I pointed out in the very beginning that all of this talk about Alex Pettyfer being the next superstar was a bit premature.  Now that his first film has debuted to an embarrassingly low box office take, I think the rest of the world might actually be agreeing with me.  I wasn’t expecting it to be a hugely successful film, but I’m surprised it has done as bad as it has.  If anything, I was expecting all the “Gleeks” out there to support Dianna Agron from ‘Glee’.  But what might be more surprising than I AM NUMBER FOUR tanking is that UNKNOWN is doing really well.  I think most people were going into this expecting TAKEN 2, but Liam Neeson has a way with intensity and action.

Next week sees the release of HALL PASS, which hasn’t blown me away with the previews, but I do have hopes it can be funny.  We also have DRIVE ANGRY 3D, which looks completely campy, but in that fun kind of way. Given that Monday is a holiday for many kids in America, there is a chance I AM NUMBER FOUR and GNOMEO AND JULIET could climb.  Note: the numbers below are for the three day weekend and will be updated as they become final.

UPDATE: The numbers below have been updated.  Looks like I AM NUMBER FOUR will end up doing better than originally thought.

Liam Neeson in Unknown

1. Unknown $21.7m

2. I Am Number Four $19.5m

3. Gnomeo and Juliet $19.4m

4. Just Go With It $18.2m

5. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son $17m

6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never $13.6m

7. The King’s Speech $6.5m

8. The Roommate $4.1m

9. The Eagle $3.5m

10. No Strings Attached $3.1m

Source: Deadline

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