WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
1) Valentine's Day - $52.4 milion
2) Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Lightning Thief - $31.1 million
3) The Wolfman - $ 30.6 million
4) Avatar - $22 million
5) Dear John - $15.3 million
6) Tooth Fairy - $5.6 million
7) From Paris With Love $4.7 million
8) Edge Of Darkness - $4.5 million
9) Crazy Heart $4.0 million
10) When In Rome $5.5 million
Business was booming at the box office this Valentine's Day weekend as three new movies went straight to the top of the charts. It only made sense that audiences would gravitate towards the holiday themed film Valentine's Day this weekend, which was directed by Gary Marshall (Pretty Woman) and features an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, Shirley MacLaine and Kathy Bates. The film, which opened in 3,665 theaters made an average of $14,300 per theater for a total of roughly $52.4 million in its debut weekend. Following behind it in second place is the Greek mythology adventure film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Lightning Thief based on the popular children's book, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Logan Lerman, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Catherine Keener and Ray Winstone. The movie, which played in 3,356 theaters made $9,267 in each theater earning a total of $31.1 million in it's opening weekend.
The last of the three new releases to rise to the top of the box office charts this weekend was the long awaited retelling of the classic hairy-monster story, The Wolfman, featuring Oscar Winner Benicio Del Toro as the shaggy-man and co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving. The film, which came in a close third was seen in 3,222 theaters and earned $9,506 per theater for a total of $30.6 million in it's opening weekend. Dropping only 3.7% from the previous week but still coming in fourth place was James Cameron's 3D outer-space epic juggernaut Avatar, which earned another $22 million over the weekend. Playing in 315 fewer theaters than the week before the movie still managed to make $8,194 on each of its 2,685 theaters. Now after nine weeks at the box office, nine Oscar nominations and earning over $2 billion worldwide, Avatar has earned an astonishing $659.6 million domestically. Finally, rounding off the top five this week was last week's number one film Dear John. The film, which is based on the novel by The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks and stars Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried as distant lovers fell almost 50% from last week despite the fact that it was added in six theaters. The film made $5,143 per each of its 2,975 theaters, earning $15.3 over the weekend for a total of $53.1 million in just two weeks.
Doing very well in limited release was the Bollywood film My Name Is Khan. The movie, which was only shown in 120 theaters, earned $15,500 per theater for an opening weekend gross of $1.8 million. Continuing to do well in limited release are the Oscar contenders Crazy Heart and The Last Station. First, Crazy Heart, the alcoholic-Country Music Singer redemption film starring Jeff Bridges, which has earned him an Oscar Nomination for Best Actor (he's currently the front-runner) and co-stars screen-legend Robert Duvall and Maggie Gyllanhaal went up 12.1% from the week before. The film, which was seen in an additional 186 theaters made $3,980 per each of its 1,005 theaters for a total of $4.0 million in its ninth week on the charts bringing the films total gross to around $16.5 million. Also doing extremely well in limited release is fellow Oscar bait The Last Station, director Michael Hoffman's new drama about the last year of famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy's life and starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti and Kerry Condon. The film, which has earned Oscar nominations for both Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer this week rose an astonishing 57.1% from the previous week. Adding 33 theaters in its fifth week the film earned $6,286 per each of the 84 theaters that the it played in totaling $528,000 and bringing the films total gross to around $1.3 million.
Next weekend will see two new films enter into wide release and three new films enter in limited release. In wide release we have the long awaited Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio and based on the book by Dennis Lehane. Also new next week in wide release is the Roman Polanski directed film The Ghost Writer starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton and Eli Wallach. Finally, new films entering the charts in limited release next week include the drama Happy Tears starring Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Rip Torn, the super-hero comedy Defendor starring Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas and Sandra Oh and the civil rights-era drama Blood Done Sign My Name based on a true story and starring Ricky Schroder, Nate Parker and Michael Rooker. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.