After a rough week (MVP hoops honor, notwithstanding), the Presidents' Day box office seemed poised to finish off Bieber's run.
But it didn't.
Bieber's tween-powered 3-D concert movie held up well for a tween-powered 3-D concert movie. Versus its opening weekend, Friday-Sunday ticket sales for Never Say Never were down an average 55 percent. By comparison, the Miley Cyrus-Hannah Montana concert movie plunged nearly 67 percent in its second weekend; the Jonas Brothers' entry fell a scary 77 percent.
Overall, it was a less bad weekend for Hollywood than it's been in a long while, with six films grossing more than $15 million each from Friday-Monday.
Liam Neeson's $30 million Unknown led the way with a Taken-sized take. I Am Number Four, a sci-fi action flick (unless you watch Glee, in which case, per the commercials, it's a Dianna Agron vehicle), took second with a gross that made up for its bad reviews, but didn't come near matching its reputed $50-60 million budget.
Among the Oscar contenders, The King's Speech broke $100 million. Worldwide, the $15 million talkie is well past $200 million. The King's Speech became the last awards-show film in the Top 10, as True Grit dropped out after eight blockbuster weekends and $164 million. Further down in the standings, Black Swan flew past $100 million, while The Fighter got a bit closer to $90 million.
Here's an updated look at the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday numbers as compiled by Exhibitor Relations. Estimated grosses for the overall four-day holiday weekend are also included:
(Originally published Feb. 20, 2011, at 11:04 a.m. PT)