Avatar dethroned as Dear John takes the box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

AVATAR officially passed TITANIC on Tuesday and most analysts predicted it would easily make it eight weekends in a row, but what they couldn’t predict is the appeal of a shirtless Channing Tatum.  That, and people love their Nicholas Sparks novels/movies.  DEAR JOHN (watch the trailer here) took the top spot at the box office with over $32 million, which was good enough to beat AVATAR’s $23 million.  I think when you take into consideration the release date and the continued draw of AVATAR, you have to be pretty impressed by DEAR JOHN’s numbers.  But so far, AVATAR has managed over $630 million, putting it $30 million past TITANIC and counting.  The other movie opening this weekend was FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, starring a goatee-touting John Travolta.  It didn’t fare as well and only managed $8 million.  I was halfway expecting THE BLIND SIDE to jump back into the top ten after getting an Oscar nomination, but maybe its time has passed.

Next week sees the release of THE WOLFMAN and VALENTINE’S DAY and I’m guessing your view on love will dictate which movie you go see.  It would almost be a travesty if a movie called “Valentine’s Day” couldn’t capture the box office on Valentine’s Day weekend.  Of course, if you’ve seen the VALENTINE’S DAY trailer, maybe that won’t be such a surprise.

Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in Dear John

1  Dear John  $32,400,000

2   Avatar  $23,600,000

3    From Paris with Love  $8,120,000

4  Edge of Darkness $7,005,000

5   Tooth Fairy  $6,500,000

6  When in Rome   $5,504,000

7   The Book of Eli  $4,835,000

8  Crazy Heart  $3,650,000

9   Legion (2010)  $3,400,000

10  Sherlock Holmes  $2,630,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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