New Line’s comedy Hall Pass starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis opened top in the US through Warner Bros according to official studio figures released on Monday [28]. The Farrelly Brothers comedy grossed $13.5m.

Gnomeo And Juliet climbed one place to number two in its third weekend thanks to a $13.4m haul that elevated the running total to $74.3m. Last weekend’s champion Unknown fell to number three on $12.6m for $42.9m.

Oscar frontrunner The King’s Speech ranked eighth and added $7.3m to raise the tally to an exceptional $114.2m through The Weinstein Company after 14 weeks.

Another prominent Oscar nominee, True Grit, has grossed a spectacular $167.1m and ranks 110th while Black Swan in 15th stands at $103.6m.

The genre release Drive Angry with Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard opened in ninth place through Summit on a lacklustre $5.2m.

Next weekend’s wide releases are: Universal’s thriller The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; Paramount’s animated release Rango; CBS Films’ fantasy Beastly with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens; and Relativity’s comedy Take Me Home Tonight.

Estimated Top 10 North America Feb 25-27, 2010
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date

1 (-) Hall Pass (Warner Bros/New Line) WBPI $13.5m –
2 (3) Gnomeo And Juliet (Buena Vista) Pathe $13.4m $74.3m
3 (1) Unknown (Warner Bros) WBPI/StudioCanal $12.6m $42.9m
4 (2) I Am Number Four (Buena Vista-DreamWorks) WDSMPI $11m $37.7m
5 (4) Just Go With It (Sony) SPRI $10.5m $78.8m
6 (6) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Paramount) PPI $9.4m $62.9m
7 (5) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (Fox) Fox Int’l $7.6m $28.6m
8 (7) The King’s Speech (TWC) FilmNation $7.3m $114.2m
9 (-) Drive Angry (Summit) Nu Image $5.2m –
10 (11) True Grit (Paramount) PPI $1.9m $167.1m