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VALENTINE’S DAY Is Huge At The President’s Day Weekend Box Office

by Roy February 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm Comments

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I guess a parade of famous actors and a timely holiday release is all you need to shatter records these days. Valentine’s Day became the biggest Presidents’ Day weekend release with its $56.3 million first place debut.

Including the Monday holiday, its four day total of $63.1 million led the charge as a trio of new releases helped make this the highest-grossing February weekend ever. The Wolfman narrowly edged out Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief with a $31.5 million 3-day total, just in front of Percy Jackson’s $31.2 million, but the four day totals put Percy Jackson well ahead of the horror icon revival. Chris Columbus’ latest hauled in $38.7 million against The Wolfman’s $35.6 million over the full holiday frame, thanks to a decidedly strong Monday for the kid-friendly pic. Meanwhile, Avatar may have fallen to 4th, but it certainly didn’t slow down as it hauled in another $28.8 million over the four days. Dear John rounded out the top 5 with $18.2 million.

Next week, Shutter Island is all alone at the box office, at least for wide releases. Roman Polanski’s latest film The Ghost Writer hits in limited release. The record stands at 10 for 16.

Check out the top 12 for the 3-day weekend below, or head on over to Box Office Mojo for the full weekend chart:

New releases highlighted in yellow

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
11 7 The Book of Eli WB $3,631,838 -23.0% 1,825 -995 $1,990 $87,586,069 $80 5
12 11 The Blind Side WB $2,261,787 -9.6% 1,175 -565 $1,925 $244,728,128 $29 13
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