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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Weekend box office: Adam Sandler edges out Justin Bieber for the top spot

By Jen Chaney

The "Just Go With It" family, finding reason to celebrate their No. 1 status. (Columbia Pictures)

With all the Grammy excitement, perhaps you forgot that a certain pop artist made his box office debut.

But alas, even the swept hair and 3-D dimples of Justin Bieber weren't quite enough to outdo Adam Sandler, whose "Just Go With It" clinched the top spot ... just barely.

Here's the box office rundown, with congratulations to a few stars, our condolences to Channing Tatum and the list of the weekend's top five movies.

Congratulations to ...

Adam Sandler: His "Just Go With It" earned an estimated $31 million over the weekend. While that's less than the $40.5 million summertime debut for his last movie, "Grown Ups," it still marks Sandler's 11th No. 1 debut in a row. It's hard to think of another actor with a revenue track record that consistent, a fact that may make some critics shudder.

Justin Bieber: "Never Say Never" may not have landed at No. 1, but it came pretty close, with $30 million. Box Office Mojo compared that performance to other, recent pop-musical cinematic confections and found that it was about on par with Miley Cyrus's 3-D movie, but better than "Michael Jackson's This Is It" and much better than the Jonas Brothers flick. The state of our Bieber union is strong, Americans.

Gnomes: And not just gnomes, but gnomes + Shakespeare! The animated "Gnomeo and Juliet" brought in $25.5 million, enough to put it in third place. Clearly parents were hungry for something new to take the kids to see, and as the only family film to show up in theaters in quite a while, it fit the bill.

"The King's Speech": In addition to winning a few BAFTAs over the weekend, the presumed front-runner for best picture continued to do solid business, earning another $7.4 million and inching it closer to the $100 million mark.

Our condolences to:

Channing Tatum: His sword-and-sandal epic "The Eagle" made the least money out of the weekend's new releases, bringing in just $8.5 million out of the gate.

And now, the top five money earners of the week (based on studio estimates), followed by a poll that lets you predict next week's winner.

1. "Just Go With It" -- $31 million
2. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" -- $30.2 million
3. "Gnomeo and Juliet" -- $25.5 million
4. "The Eagle" -- $8.5 million
5. "The Roommate" -- $8.4 million

By Jen Chaney  | February 14, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Movies  | Tags:  Weekend Box Office  
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