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VALENTINE’S DAY wins the (ahem) Valentine’s Day weekend box office; hearts and brains combust

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
February 14th, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day, my precious GATW angels. I know you're probably expecting further spewed vitriol from me on the topic of VALENTINE'S DAY, but I refuse. I will only allow the most sugary-sweet of sugary sentiments to come forth from me on such a special day. Otherwise, I may have a stroke.

Surprising absolutely no one, VALENTINE'S DAY took the top spot at this weekend's box office. With over $52 million in returns, the film has already made back its budget and taken a spot in the top three of winter and February opening weekends (third to THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and HANNIBAL in both categories). It is my solemn wish that anyone who took in VALENTINE'S DAY this weekend either a) inexplicably enjoyed the experience or b) has been able to forget it totally. I refuse to let the unrelenting hatred I feel for this film harm anyone else.The week's other two new releases battled it out for second place. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF ultimately proved victorious over THE WOLFMAN, pulling in $31.1 million. The long-awaited WOLFMAN nipped at ol' Percy's heels with $30.6 million. With no kiddie programming coming up in the coming weeks, PERCY JACKSON should hold on strong and continue to provide counter-programming for little ones, bookish teens, and parents. And, to be honest, probably me at some point.

THE WOLFMAN, after a series of well-publicized delays, production team shuffles, and a reported $150 million budget, might not fare so well. It's currently sitting at 31% Rotten at Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch. I am interested to see its box office drop next weekend, especially with the long-awaited opening of SHUTTER ISLAND.

AVATAR clung on to the fourth spot ($22 million), with last week's romantic winner (gag) DEAR JOHN taking fifth ($15.3 million), followed by a film I genuinely did not think was still in theaters - TOOTH FAIRY ($5.6 million), FROM PARIS WITH LOVE dropping all the way from third place to seventh ($4.7 million), EDGE OF DARKNESS similarly sinking from fourth to eighth ($4.58 million), Oscar bait CRAZY HEART wonderfully holding on to the top ten in ninth place ($4 million), and WHEN IN ROME rounding out the rom-coms in tenth ($3.4 million).

What did you and your sweetheart see this weekend?

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