The romantic comedy film Valentine‚Äôs Day topped the box office charts during the President‚Äôs day weekend in US. As of February 15, 2010 Valentine‚Äôs Day records an estimate of $66,855,000 domestic (US territories) ticket sales and $35,000,000 foreign sales making up the whooping total of $101,855,000 sales. According to box office tracker Hollywood.com, this Presidents Day weekend was the best on record, and “Valentine’s Day” set a new record for movies opening over Presidents Day weekend. The previous Presidents Day weekend record holder was 2007’s “Ghost Rider,” which grossed $52 million.
Second on the list the family-oriented fantasy-adventure film “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” with $38.7 million over the four-day period.
Close behind in third place was “The Wolfman,” starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, which grossed $36.4 million.
All-time box office king “Avatar” was fourth, with $30 million, and “Dear John” sank to fifth place, with $18.8 million over the four-day period.
Rounding out the top 10 were “Tooth Fairy” ($7.7 million), “From Paris With Love” ($6.9 million, “Edge of Darkness” ($5.7 million), “Crazy Heart” ($5 million) and “The Book of Eli” ($4.1).
According to Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office division, ‚ÄúWomen accounted for about 70% of the audience for ‚ÄúValentine‚Äôs Day‚Äù and more than 80% of the moviegoer for romantic drama ‚ÄúDear John,‚Äù which topped the box office charts last week.
‚ÄúWithout women, over the past two weekends, (ticket sales) might not have fared so well,‚Äù Dergarabedian added.
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