Box Office Results: Valentine’s Day triumphs this holiday weekend

Studio Estimates for Feb. 12-14:

1.  Valentine’s Day – $52.4 million
2.  Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief – $31.1 million
3.  The Wolfman – $30.6 million
4.  Avatar – $22 million
5.  Dear John – $15.3 million

Love was in the air this weekend as Valentine’s Day exceeded expectations grossing $52.4 million, benefitting from the couples’ dinner and a movie plans.  Despite negative reviews, the romantic-comedy during Valentine’s Day still holds as a strong formula for success.  I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that there are a dozen plus stars in the film as well.

Coming in the runner-up spot was the adaptation of the children’s book, The Lightning Thief ($31.1 million).  The family-friendly film barely edged out the other new release of the weekend, The Wolfman ($30.6 million). 

And rounding out the Top 5 was Avatar ($22 million) and Dear John ($15.3 million). 

Check back on Friday for the new predictions when a film I’ve been patiently waiting for hits the theaters:  Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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