Sandler, Aniston Barely Beat Bieber At Box Office

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Actors Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler attend the premiere of 'Just Go With It' at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 8, 2011 in New York City. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Actors Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler attend the premiere of ‘Just Go With It’ at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 8, 2011 in New York City. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are America’s box-office sweethearts, but Justin Bieber is the valentine for teen fans.

The Valentine’s Day weekend was a close one as Sandler and Aniston’s romantic comedy “Just Go With It” debuted with $31 million.

That was just ahead of the concert documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” which opened a close second with $30.3 million.

The teen pop idol’s flick exceeded industry expectations and nearly matched the $31.1 million opening of 2008’s “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert,” the record-holder for music-documentary debuts.

Another love story, the animated adventure “Gnomeo & Juliet,” opened solidly at No. 3 with $25.5 million.

The weekend’s other new wide release, the ancient Roman saga “The Eagle,” was No. 4 with $8.6 million.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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