Valentine’s Day reigns over record breaking weekend

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According to BoxOfficeMojo in NA Valentine’s Day won the weekend with $56.2 million and went on to make $63.1 million over the extended 4-day weekend (including Presidents’ Day on Monday). This was the biggest Presidents’ Day weekend and February opening on record surpassing even the most optimistic expectations. Obviously V day on Sunday helped this movie achieve such a  record ($23.3 million on that day alone).

For second place we have The Wolfman in a very close finish with Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief, $31.4 million versus $31.2 million. If we take into account the full 4-day holiday weekend then Percy Jackson came in second with $38.6 million compared to $35.5 million for The Wolfman.

In forth place we have Avatar, two spots lower then last week but surprisingly 3.3% stronger with $23.6 million over the 3-day weekend and $28.7 million over the 4-day weekend totaling now $666.3 million in NA and after a 9th consecutive weekend in first place internationally with $59 million (for a total of $1.68 billion) this movie stands at $2.35 billion worldwide.

Dear John was good for fifth place with $16 million and a higher then expected 47.3% drop and $18.2 million over the 4-day weekend. This movie is at $56 million so far and that’s great for a flick with a $25 million budget.

Tooth Fairy was in 6th place and it keeps having surprisingly strong holds, only 8.7% drop for $6 million for the weekend and $8 million for the 4-day weekend, 43.9 million after 25 days.

In 7th and 8th place we have R rated disappointments From Paris with Love and Edge of Darkness with $5.4/6.3 million respectively $4.8/5.5 million for totals of $17.4 million ($52 million budget) and $37 million ($80 million budget).

For a second week in the top 10 we have Crazy Heart in 9th place with $4.2/4.9 million, 19.6% higher then last weekend and now standing at $17.5 million in total, very well for an independent movie with a $7 million budget.  Crazy Heart is still expanding in theaters so this is probably not the last week we’ll see it in the top 10.

And finally When in Rome in 10th place, $3.6/4.2 million and $26.8 million total.

This was the highest Presidents’ Day weekend ever with overall Friday-Monday box office coming in at close to $250 million, more then 10% higher then last year, the previous record holder.

The full 4-day Presidents’ Day weekend chart can be found here and right after this we have the normal weekend:

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Valentine’s Day WB $56,260,707 - 3,665 - $15,351 $56,260,707 $52 1
2 N The Wolfman Uni. $31,479,235 - 3,222 - $9,770 $31,479,235 $150 1
3 N Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Fox $31,236,067 - 3,356 - $9,308 $31,236,067 $95 1
4 2 Avatar Fox $23,611,625 +3.3% 2,685 -315 $8,794 $661,217,278 - 9
5 1 Dear John SGem $16,071,526 -47.3% 2,975 +6 $5,402 $53,949,098 $25 2
6 5 Tooth Fairy Fox $6,054,257 -8.7% 2,748 -470 $2,203 $41,982,992 $48 4
7 3 From Paris with Love LGF $5,495,113 -32.6% 2,722 - $2,019 $16,607,903 $52 2
8 4 Edge of Darkness WB $4,841,295 -29.4% 2,615 -451 $1,851 $36,324,976 $80 3
9 8 Crazy Heart FoxS $4,265,989 +19.6% 1,005 +186 $4,245 $16,792,964 $7 9
10 6 When in Rome BV $3,682,881 -33.6% 2,125 -331 $1,733 $26,280,610 - 3
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