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Audiences fall for Adam Sandler on Valentine’s Day

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Justin Bieber may have won over a bevy of teen girls this weekend, but when it came to the most important date night of the year, audiences fell for Adam Sandler.

The comedian’s romantic comedy ‘Just Go With It’ brought in $6 million at the box office on Valentine’s Day, down only 22% from its Sunday tally of $7.8 million, according to estimates from distributor Sony Pictures.

That was far more than any of the other movies that opened Friday grossed on Monday. The animated family film ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ took in $2.7 million, while Bieber’s ‘Never Say Never’ collected $1.8 million.

‘Just Go With It’ just slightly surpassed ‘Never Say Never’ over the wekend, opening to $30.5 million compared to $29.5 million for the Bieber picture. ‘Gnomeo’ debuted to $25.4 million.

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The last time Valentine’s Day fell on a Monday was 2005, when Sony’s Will Smith romantic comedy ‘Hitch’ performed even better, taking in $7.5 million after its $43.1-million-opening weekend.

— Amy Kaufman


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