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February 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In one of the tightest box office races in history, Warner Bros.’ Unknown, starring Liam Neeson, finished just $37,298 ahead of Gnomeo and Juliet to take first place. (According to, only twice before have there been tighter finishes.) But the film that had been favored to win, Disney’s I Am Number Four, came in at Number Three. An even greater surprise, however, was the strong showing of Gnomeo, which was the No. 1 film at the box office on Monday. Ordinarily animated fare performs well on the third day of a holiday, but few had expected the film — which was in its second week — to do as well as it did. Overall, the box office broke an extended losing streak, but only because Presidents Day last year fell one week later. Compared with that holiday weekend, the box office was actually down nearly 28 percent.

The top ten films over the three-day/four day Presidents Day weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. Unknown, Warner Bros., $21,856,389/$25,453,015, (New); 2. Gnomeo and Juliet, Disney, $19,154,010/$25,415,717, 2 Wks. ($56,436,249); 3. I Am Number Four, Disney, $19,449,893/$22,755,854, (New); 4. Just Go With It, Sony, $18,478,226/$21,581,024, 2 Wks. ($64,136,988); 5. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Fox, $16,300,803/$18,735,026, (New); 6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (3D), Paramount, $13,307,933/$16,364,188, 2 Wks. ($51,236,937); 7. The King’s Speech, Weinstein Co. $6,529,530/$8,063,897, 13 Wks. ($104,775,873); 8 . The Roommate, Sony/Screen Gems, $3,909,742/$4,468,309, 3 Wks. ($33,061,873); 9. The Eagle, Focus, $3,645,485/$4,333,044, 2 Wks. ($15,840,242); 10. No Strings Attached, Paramount, $3,080,033/$3,576,797, 5 Wks. ($66,490,084).