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Weekend Box-Office: February 24-26, 2012

02.26.2012

Act of Valor is #1! Navy SEALs! USA! USA! USA!

This weekend some of America's finest soldiers silently slipped out of the water and knifed evil in the brainstem and popped off a few headshots, all while liberating some dough from your wallet in the process. The Navy SEALs action flick/recruitment film ACT OF VALOR opened to $24.7 million -- nearly as much as the Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn movie NAVY SEALS made in total back in 1990 (then again, those guys didn't kill Bin Laden). That bullet-riddled box office looks even more impressive considering the movie's reasonable $12M budget, although apparently several times that amount was also spent on advertising.

Serial crossdresser Tyler Perry took second with $16M for GOOD DEEDS, quite a bit less than he tends to make when wearing the wig and muumuu (the last MADEA movie opened to $25M). The weekend's other new low-budget, low-profile releases were largely ignored -- the Amanda Seyfried thriller GONE landed in 9th with $5M (and will live up to its title by next weekend), behind the Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston comedy WANDERLUST in 8th with $6.6M. Both movies opened on approximately the same number of screens as Perry's latest.

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND took advantage of school vacations to boost its total with another $13.4M as it continues its slow slide (it's also made $128M overseas). Last week's top 2 got knocked under The Rock, although THE VOW crossed the $100M mark as SAFE HOUSE creeps up on it. GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE flamed out with $8.8M (a 60% drop in business from its opening weekend), followed closely by the action romcom THIS MEANS WAR.

Overall, the attention on tonight's Oscars didn't seem to have much impact on the box office... although that's also the case for the contenders, which are all still clashing outside the chart. Purported favorite THE ARTIST has collected $31.8M so far, while THE DESCENDANTS is up to $78.5M.

After two weeks, the 3D re-release of STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE has plunged from the Top 10 like a bisected Sith (while a non-franchise cheapie like CHRONICLE has made more cash). Its $40M performance would seem to call into question whether we'll see any more of the saga in theaters with a bonus dimension. Pity that George didn't start with A NEW HOPE in 3D...

Next weekend delivers the candy-colored computer-animated DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX, along with the Todd Phillips-produced amateur-actor raunch-comedy experiment PROJECT X. What March release are you most looking forward to seeing? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Act of Valor $24.7 M
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2. Good Deeds $16 M
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3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $13.4 M $76.7 M
4. Safe House $11.4 M $98.1 M
5. The Vow $10 M $103 M
6. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $8.8 M $37.8 M
7. This Means War $8.5 M $33.5 M
8. Wanderlust $6.6 M
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9. Gone $5 M
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10. The Secret World of Arrietty $4.5 M $14.6 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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9:47PM on 02/26/2012
I'm really surprised AOV got the #1 spot. The hate for it is kind of strange to me. It's rated R which is awesome, and uses real SEALS as the leads which seems inspired and risky. I feel like if the movie stared Stallone, was rated R, and didn't declare itself to be propaganda, people would be eating it up. Something about being a blatant pro American military movie just puts a bad taste in people's mouth.
I'm really surprised AOV got the #1 spot. The hate for it is kind of strange to me. It's rated R which is awesome, and uses real SEALS as the leads which seems inspired and risky. I feel like if the movie stared Stallone, was rated R, and didn't declare itself to be propaganda, people would be eating it up. Something about being a blatant pro American military movie just puts a bad taste in people's mouth.
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8:33PM on 02/26/2012
Safe House was great. A total blast the entire time.
Safe House was great. A total blast the entire time.
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7:16PM on 02/26/2012
Glad AoV made it to #1.

People went to this movie for the same reason people went to see Jackie Chan movies back in the day. Because these guys are the real deal. No one cares about story, or acting. They just wanted to see the gimmick of real Navy SEALs doing their thing. Nothing wrong with that.
Glad AoV made it to #1.

People went to this movie for the same reason people went to see Jackie Chan movies back in the day. Because these guys are the real deal. No one cares about story, or acting. They just wanted to see the gimmick of real Navy SEALs doing their thing. Nothing wrong with that.
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6:54PM on 02/26/2012

Only in America

literally
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6:28PM on 02/26/2012

Call of Duty: The Movie

finishes first, not really surprised all things considered. I'm more interested in seeing how it does overseas though, that could be neat.
also, seriously who the FUCK is seeing these retarded Tyler Perry movies?!?!?!
finishes first, not really surprised all things considered. I'm more interested in seeing how it does overseas though, that could be neat.
also, seriously who the FUCK is seeing these retarded Tyler Perry movies?!?!?!
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5:51PM on 02/26/2012
since the beginning of 2012, 6 out of the 8 weekends have had an R-rated movie atop the boxoffice. So much for the theory that they don't bring in the audiences (honestly, how big is the 13-17 year old audience anyway?)

I also see that The Artist has brought in 31 million in receipts. Wasn't the King's Speech pulling in on 100 milion by Oscar night with an R rating?

I think that the whole PG13 vs R rating argument is a copout for movie execs who don't know how to market a movie.
since the beginning of 2012, 6 out of the 8 weekends have had an R-rated movie atop the boxoffice. So much for the theory that they don't bring in the audiences (honestly, how big is the 13-17 year old audience anyway?)

I also see that The Artist has brought in 31 million in receipts. Wasn't the King's Speech pulling in on 100 milion by Oscar night with an R rating?

I think that the whole PG13 vs R rating argument is a copout for movie execs who don't know how to market a movie.
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4:13PM on 02/26/2012
Another up week at the box office, another week with almost no 3D films! That means attendance is really up since the studios are not getting premium prices for non 3D showings.
Another up week at the box office, another week with almost no 3D films! That means attendance is really up since the studios are not getting premium prices for non 3D showings.
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3:44PM on 02/26/2012
Valor is #1? The stupidity of this nation never ceases to amaze me!
Valor is #1? The stupidity of this nation never ceases to amaze me!
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4:28PM on 02/26/2012
It's very sad, isn't it? Americans seem to buy into the rhetoric really easily. Critical thinking seems to be a lost capability among the general public.
It's very sad, isn't it? Americans seem to buy into the rhetoric really easily. Critical thinking seems to be a lost capability among the general public.
2:55PM on 02/26/2012

America.....

FUCK YEAH! "Act Of Valor" clearing a path to save the mother-fucking Box-Office, Yeah!

Saw AOV this weekend & I have to say it was a Total, Kick-Ass Awesome ride!
FUCK YEAH! "Act Of Valor" clearing a path to save the mother-fucking Box-Office, Yeah!

Saw AOV this weekend & I have to say it was a Total, Kick-Ass Awesome ride!
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