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Weekend box office: Adam Sandler beats Justin Bieber by a nose

February 14, 2011 - 09:40 AM
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Justin Bieber could not catch a break this weekend. His 3D bio-doc Justin Bieber: Never Say Never opened Friday, starting strong with an estimated $12.5 million — good enough for first place. But then receipts began to slip on Saturday and into Sunday, when he was up for two awards at the Grammys: Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist. The former was up for grabs — his competitors included Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, the eventual winner — but many considered him the frontrunner for the latter, where he was up against Drake, some indie rock, and an unknown jazz singer. Well, that unknown woman, Esperanza Spalding, won, prompting Bieber fans to hack her Wikipedia page. Around the same time, it was reported that Never Say Never had lost to Adam Sandler's Just Go With It at the weekend box office, the full chart of which is just a click and a jump away:

1. Just Go With It, $31 million (new)
2. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $30.3 million (new)
3. Gnomeo and Juliet, $25.5 million (new)
4. The Eagle, $8.6 million (new)
5. The Roommate, $8.4 million ($26.1)
6. The King's Speech, $7.4 million ($93.9)
7. No Strings Attached, $5.6 million ($59.9)
8. Sanctum, $5.1 million ($17.5)
9. True Grit, $3.8 million ($160.3)
10. The Green Hornet, $3.6 million ($92.3)

[via Box Office Mojo]

Other news:

• Randy Newman won a Grammy for his Toy Story 3 soundtrack, beating out other regulars Hans Zimmer (for both Inception and Sherlock Holmes), Danny Elfman (Alice in Wonderland), and James Horner (Avatar, which came how long ago, exactly?). Crazy Heart picked up the other two film-related Grammys: Best Compilation Soundtrack and Best Song (for "The Weary Kind," written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett).

The King's Speech predictably cleaned up at the BAFTAs.

• An Oscar award that might not go to The King's Speech or The Social Network: Best Cinematography. Wally Pfister (Inception) won the top prize at the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Did Tommy Wiseau actually direct The Room?

• Ann Hornaday talks to D.C. filmmaker Jem Cohen, who had a short film, Anne Truitt, Working, at Sundance.

• James Franco just opened an art exhibit in Berlin. What next? An opera about a broken-hearted taxidermist?

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