Weekend Box Office - Valentine's Day Banks Big

By Scott Gwin 2010-02-14 17:16:52discussion comments
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It may have been hammered by critics, but Valentine's Day was a hit with audiences this weekend. Perhaps it's fitting that a movie that only superficially manages the topic of love succeeded on a holidy that only superficially has anything to do with love.

With a first place $52 million opening it's not only the biggest ever V-Day weekend total (check out our list of the pseudo-holiday's top releases here), it's the third largest opening for the normally sleepy month of February.

Second spot Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief has been hailed as the next Harry Potter, but box office results didn't live up to the expectation. While Potter films usually enjoy opening weekends in nearing $100 million, Percy was barely able to muster $31 million. Given the film's $95 million budget, managing a profit could be tough to manage. That doesn't bode well for any potential sequels in the franchise which has four more books left.

In even worse financial shape is Benecio Del Toro's Wolfman which came in a close third place. At $30 million it has a long way to go to recover its heavy $150 million cost.

For the full top ten weekend totals, check out the chart below:

1.
Valentine's Day * $52,410,000  -  Total: $52,410,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,665
2.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief * $31,100,000  -  Total: $31,100,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,356
3.
The Wolfman * $30,627,000  -  Total: $30,627,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,222
4.
Avatar $22,000,000  -  Total: $659,605,000 LW: 2     WR: 9    
THTRS: 2,685
5.
Dear John $15,300,000  -  Total: $53,178,000 LW: 1     WR: 2    
THTRS: 2,975
6.
Tooth Fairy $5,600,000  -  Total: $41,528,000 LW: 5     WR: 4    
THTRS: 2,748
7.
From Paris with Love $4,740,000  -  Total: $15,850,000 LW: 3     WR: 2    
THTRS: 2,722
8.
Edge of Darkness $4,585,000  -  Total: $36,069,000 LW: 4     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,615
9.
Crazy Heart $4,000,000  -  Total: $16,526,000 LW: 8     WR: 9    
THTRS: 1,005
10.
When in Rome $3,429,000  -  Total: $26,027,000 LW: 6     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,125

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