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Avatar receives a Dear John letter from the box office

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, February 7, 2010

After seven weeks of remaining in the number one spot, Avatar has finally been dethroned as the continent's top box office movie by a romantic drama. Sony's Dear John, the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, bested the blue-skinned behemoth by almost $10 million dollars.

Dear John opened to $32.4 million while Avatar took in $23.6m (bringing its total to $630.1m domestically). Back in 1998 it was New Line Cinema's Lost in Space that finally managed to topple Titanic from the number one spot. A decade on, all that the Lost in Space movie is remembered for is as a trivia question about Titanic's reign. Are we looking at the same for Dear John?

In third spot is Lionsgate's From Paris With Love. Made for an approximate cost of $50 million dollars, the John Travolva/Jonathan Rhys Meyers actioner only managed to make out with $8.1 million.

Last week's #2 is this week's #4, Edge of Darkness ($7m new, $29.1m total). That's alright but still, it's no comeback for Mel Gibson. Still, old Mel has more to stand tall about; at least he's not Harrison Ford who's got his latest, Extraordinary Measures, in nineteenth place only in its third week of release. It seems that Indiana Jones 5 can't happen soon enough for Ford.

Fox's Tooth Fairy falls from #4 to #5 ($6.5m new, $34.3m total), When in Rome topples three spots to sixth place ($5.5m new, $20.9m total) and The Book of Eli is down two spots to seventh place ($4.8m new, $82.1m total, nicely done). However, the week's biggest winner may be Fox Searchlight's Crazy Heart; the studio is capitalizing on Jeff Bridges' Oscar-nomination and Golden Globes win by increasing the movie's number of screens. That's paid off in a 58% in ticket sales this week over last ($3.6m new, $11.1m total).

Rounding out the final two spots is Legion (#9, $3.4m new, $34.6m total) and Sherlock Holmes (#10, $2.6m new, $201.5m total).

And very quickly: Disney's The Princess and the Frog finally cracked the $100 million dollar barrier ($101 million dollars domestic in 11 weeks of release) and, thankfully, Alvin and the Chipmunks is out of the top ten (it's in #14 with a total domestic gross of $212m).

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A lot of folks were surprised (a lot of folks = box office forecasters) that Avatar fell this weekend. Next weekend was a certainty, but this weekend looked like it would help Avatar move a little higher on the "Most Consecutive Weekends at Number One" chart.

I'm curious to see how close it gets to 700 million.

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Posted: 9 years 32 weeks ago

Channing Tatum grew up about an hour west of me, and is pretty close to me in age. This makes me feel some odd affinity with him, despite my being hard pressed to enjoy any of his movies.

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The love story of this film is really a bittersweet kind. Though the story is definitely good, the portrayal has not achieved what is expected to it. Reviews for the film Dear John haven't been flattering, and the film looked trite to begin with. Let's face it – Channing Tatum is NOT a good actor, and Amanda Seyfried hasn't proven herself yet. (Don't believe me? GI Joe – and the prosecution rests.) Neither would need payday loans to go back to acting school, but perhaps they should. Thus far, the accusations in the Dear John reviews have been of a lame story, bad acting, and the film being far too sappy to be enjoyable. Oh, and SPOILER – they break up, and don't end up together!