“Unknown” Leads Presidents Day Box Office

Liam Neeson‘s “Unknown” was the most popular choice among movie fans over the Presidents Day holiday, taking in an estimated $21.8 million in its debut weekend to rule the North American box office.

The action-thriller, which also stars Diane Kruger and January Jones, features Neeson as a man out to get his identity back after it was stolen when he suffered an accident and went into a coma for several days. “Unknown” edged for the top spot the sci-fi film “I Am Number Four,” which bowed with an estimated $19.5 million. The week’s other new release, the Martin Lawrence comedy “Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son” dropped in at No. 5 with $17 million.

“Gnomeo and Juliet” maintained its hold of the third spot with $19.4 million, which represented only a 23 percent drop from the previous weekend. Last week’s top-grosser, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s “Just Go With It,” slipped to the fourth spot with $18.2 million while Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” dropped to the sixth spot with $13.6 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were “The King’s Speech,” “The Roommate,” “The Eagle,” and “No Strings Attached” in that order.