'Gnomeo & Juliet' wins box office on Oscar weekend

February 27, 2011 8:45:51 AM PST
On Oscar weekend, a Shakespearean gang of garden gnomes are presiding over the box office. Walt Disney's "Gnomeo &Juliet," an animated 3-D twist on "Romeo and Juliet," took in $14.2 million in its third week of release. That was good enough to lead the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It was an upset win for "Gnomeo," which bested underperforming debuts from Owen Wilson and Nic Cage. The Farrelly brothers' R-rated comedy "Hall Pass" earned $13.4 million. Cage's 3-D action film "Drive Angry" took in just $5.1 million.

The Liam Neeson thriller "Unknown" earned $12.4 million in its second weekend of release.