Weekend Box Office – It’s Over. AVATAR Falls To DEAR JOHN with $32.4 Million

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After seven weeks and over $630 million dollars, the Avatar-domination of the domestic box office has been brought to a close. And what title finally proved powerful enough to take down the most profitable film of all time? A romantic confection called Dear John.

Title Weekend Total
1 Dear John $32,400,000 $32.4
2 Avatar $23,600,000 $630
3 From Paris w/Love $8,120,000 $8.1
4 Edge of Darkness $7,005,000 $29
5 Tooth Fairy $6,500,000 $25.3
6 When in Rome $5,504,000 $20.8
7 Book of Eli $4,835,000 $82.1
8 Crazy Heart $3,650,000 $11.1
9 Legion $3,400,000 $34.6
10 Sherlock Holmes $2,360,000 $201.5

Dear John movie image Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried  (1).jpgDear John proved to be a far more formidable opponent than anyone expected, bringing in an estimated $32.4 million dollars from its 2,969 locations. That’s a per-screen average of $10,900 – good enough to help Dear John become the all-time domestic box office champ for a Super Bowl weekend release.

Avatar probably isn’t too broken up by this weekend’s results, however. On Tuesday the film crossed the final achievement off of its box office to-do list, replacing Titanic as the all-time leader at the domestic box office with an astounding $601 million earned in just 47 days. It took Titanic more than 250 days to reach its domestic high of $600.8 million back in 1998 – though when inflation, higher 3D ticket prices and estimated theatre attendance is factored in, Titanic still looks pretty unsinkable.

I’d love to be able to say that I saw this Dear John upset coming, but that would be a big lie. All signs pointed to a decent $20 million weekend for the romantic drama, Super Bowl chick-counter-programming notwithstanding.

From Paris With Love movie poster.jpgThe film, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. Sparks is a big star among the Oprah Book Club set, but has not yet been able to turn that success to his advantage at the box office. Both his The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe had opening weekends in the $15 million range. Even adding another $5 million on for Tatum’s abs and Seyfried’s “alien hotness,” that only brings Dear John up to a $20 million debut weekend – leaving plenty of room for Avatar to pull off an eighth week on top.

On Super Bowl weekend last year, director Pierre Morel pulled off his own box office surprise when his male-skewing, R-rated Taken notched a first place opening with $24.7 million. Sadly, Morel was not destined to relive that accomplishment in 2010. His latest action pic, From Paris with Love, came in third with a very disappointing $8.1 million from 2,722 play dates. Lionsgate will no doubt place some blame for the film’s failure on the East Coast blizzard, but with a Rotten Tomato score of just 34% and the downward trajectory of John Travolta’s career in play, the weather can’t be the only scapegoat.

One final point of interest in this week’s top ten: after eight weeks in very limited release, Fox Searchlight’s Crazy Heart became the first independent feature to experience an Oscar nomination bump this week. The film, featuring Best Actor contender Jeff Bridges, expanded into 819 theatres nationwide, earning an estimated $3.6 million in eighth place or a 58% increase over last week.

Even if Avatar had held on for an eighth week, its reign at the top of the box office was destined to come to a close – sooner rather than later. Next week has three strong new titles for audiences to choose from: Valentine’s Day for the ladies, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief for the teen set and the rebirth of Universal’s classic monster The Wolfman forpeople who like wolf men. All three have the potential to do well, which means that next Friday may find Avatar tasting third place for the first time in its storied career.

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  • Dear John

    I knew Dear John would knock Avatar off the no.1 spot. I love the way everytime a critic blast Channing Tatum regarding his performance (he was brilliant in this role by the way and proved he is a good actor) his fans old/new tells the critics to fcuk off, they did this with GI Joe too becoming one of the best selling DVD of 2009 and no. 1 hit.

    Remember people a GI Joe never fails and yet again Channing Tatum and the Dear John cast has surprised everyone (not me) and made this no. 1 long may it continue to be no. 1.

    Some critics have egg on their faces for being too harsh on this film for no good reason when it's actually extremely good.

    Even if this movie last just a week at the top spot it took a GI Joe – fantastic. There has been many movies which have had a solid leading cast which couldn't manage it but Dear John did – YEAH.

    I'm so happy for Channing Tatum he is now an A list for sure. Really looking forward to Eagle of the Ninth.

    I truly loved Avatar and it has done great, broken so many records that there is no harm in coming second and good luck at the Oscars. I'm not hating at Avatar just the fact that the critics who hated this movie were told by the audience to fcuk off we are not listening, that is priceless.

    We don't need critics at all just go and watch Dear John and judge for yourself. It's not just for teens but guys will love it too because of the father and son relationship etc.

    Well Done Dear John!

  • jimbobbins

    Ya avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, but i read somewhere that it's only like 25th or somethin in terms of ticket sales. And factor in the ticket prices and you get a better idea of how it's done. Gone with the wind is highest with 22 million tickets sold. Still like Avatar though. Cameron is a genius. T2 my favourite.

  • baileypowell

    Blah, blah, blah. What a hack avatar troll you are. you just have to carry on the PR troll campaign i see? hmmm? avatar has got to be the only top gross film to have produced the meanest most vile criticism-adverse “fans” i have ever read. just pathetic & hopeless. so glad i didnt get on this train & never will.

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  • http://jimbobsmovies.blogspot.com/ jimbobbins

    Ya avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, but i read somewhere that it's only like 25th or somethin in terms of ticket sales. And factor in the ticket prices and you get a better idea of how it's done. Gone with the wind is highest with 22 million tickets sold. Still like Avatar though. Cameron is a genius. T2 my favourite.

  • baileypowell

    Blah, blah, blah. What a hack avatar troll you are. you just have to carry on the PR troll campaign i see? hmmm? avatar has got to be the only top gross film to have produced the meanest most vile criticism-adverse “fans” i have ever read. just pathetic & hopeless. so glad i didnt get on this train & never will.

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Muscle-Might-Review–

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