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.
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