America has come down with a severe case of Bieber Fever, and stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum, among others, are left looking for a cure. The 3-D concert pic, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” topped all comers at the Friday box-office, pulling in $12.35 million from 3,105 screens to start the Valentine’s Day weekend.
The performance film continues the music-themed genre’s revitalization in recent years, following strong February openings for the similarly styled “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” in 2009 and “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both World’s Concert Tour” in 2008.
The flick’s success could also be due in part to Bieber’s insistence that the concert film/documentary is not just for his teen-girl fans, but will also entertain their guy friends.
“If I could say anything [to guys who think the movie is only for girls], I would say, like, just give it a chance,” he told MTV News recently. “It’s just a good movie. It has a good story line.”
As far as moviegoers who haven’t contracted Bieber Fever just yet, the teen sensation advised, “Even if you don’t like my music or anything, just go. And take your girl.”
In second place, the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston-starring “Just Go with It” pulled $9.7 million from 3,548 screens. The latest in a string of man-child-grows-up flicks from Sandler, “Just Go with It” could still win the weekend with a high Saturday bounce.
New releases “Gnomeo and Juliet,” starring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, and “The Eagle” featuring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, followed in third and fourth place, respectively, with the former pulling in $6.1 million and the latter just $2.75 million.
Rounding out the top five, last week’s winner, “The Roommate,” managed just $2.6 million on Friday. The Leighton Meester-starring roommate romp brought its total up to $20.3 million in its second week of release.
Last week’s second-place film, the James Cameron-endorsed “Sanctum,” fell all the way to eighth place, scaring up $1.4 million on 3-D and IMAX screens.
Among the rest of the top ten, Oscar frontrunners “The King’s Speech” (sixth place) and “True Grit” (ninth place) continued their impressive runs.
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