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'Hall Pass' pulls past 'Gnomeo & Juliet' in final box office count

February 28, 2011 | 12:19 pm

Hallpass2The Farrelly brothers won the box office race after all.

On Sunday, it looked like the filmmakers' latest comedy "Hall Pass" would come in second behind the animated 3-D film "Gnomeo & Juliet," according to estimates from their respective distributors Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios.

But when the final box office totals were tabulated on Monday, "Hall Pass" eked out a win, grabbing $13.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend. Disney's "Gnomeo," which was in its third week of release, ended up slightly behind with $13.4 million.

Disney had estimated on Sunday that its animated film would finish the weekend with $14.2 million, based on the past performance of family movies on Oscar Sunday.

While "Hall Pass" will now likely tout its No. 1 placement in advertisements, it was still a soft start for a picture that cost $38 million to make and fell below estimates heading into the weekend that it would collect close to $20 million.

Nonetheless, the film marks the first time the Farrelly brothers have had a movie debut at the top of the box office charts since their 2000 comedy "Me, Myself and Irene"; the opening is similar to the directors' last disappointing release, "The Heartbreak Kid."

-- Amy Kaufman


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Photo: Jason Sudekis, left, and Owen Wilson star in "Hall Pass." Credit: Warner Bros.