Owen Wilson Comedy Hall Pass Leads Weak Box Office Friday

Feb 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Art and Entertainment

The Owen Wilson comedy Hall Pass led a weak box office Friday, taking in an estimated $4.6 million from 3,500 screens at 2,950 locations. The Nicholas Cage action film Drive Angry came in ninth with $1.6 million. Holdovers rounded out the other top 10 spots, with Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet expected to climb to the top of the list later in the weekend.

E41 HallPass 300x191 Owen Wilson Comedy Hall Pass Leads Weak Box Office FridayHall Pass is produced and directed by the Farrelly Brothers team, best known for Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and Shallow Hal. It tells the story of two bored married friends, Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live), whose wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) attempt to cure their husbands’ restlessness by giving them a temporary week of freedom or “hall pass” to do whatever they want. At first the notion sounds appealing, but expectations and reality soon clash.

The other newcomer to the top 10, Drive Angry, is directed by Canadian horror director Patrick Lussier, who began his career working on Wes Craven films such as Scream. It follows the tale of John Milton (Nicolas Cage), a criminal who has escaped from Hell to protect his descendants from Jonah King (Billy Burke), a Satanic cult leader. King has tricked Milton’s daughter into joining his following and killed her and her husband, and is now planning to sacrifice Milton’s granddaughter. Milton is joined on his adventure by a feisty waitress named Piper (Amber Heard). Meanwhile an agent of Hell nicknamed The Accountant (William Fichtner) pursues Milton, posing as an FBI agent in an attempt to recapture him.

The rest of Friday’s top 10 were rounded out by the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown at #2 with $3.9 million; Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It at #3 with $3.3 million; Disney animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet at #4 with $3.2 million; young adult science fiction adventure I Am Number Four at #5 with $3.1 million; Justin Beiber musical documentary Never Say Never at #6 with $2.7 million; Martin Lawrence comedy Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son at #7 with $2 million; historical drama The King’s Speech at #8 with $1.9 million; and The Roommate coming in at #10 with $625,000.

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