This Oscar Weekend -- "Act of Valor" Defeats Competition with $24.7 Million! 


"Act of Valor," the propaganda movie about how cool it is to be a Navy Seal, easily topped the box-office this Oscar weekend. Released by Relativity Media and produced by the Bandito Brothers, the film with largely a cast of real-life Navy Seals took the No. 1 spot with $24.7 million.

Tyler Perry's first foray into the romantic drama genre also had a strong box-office showing. "Good Deeds" from Lionsgate opened at No. 2 with $16 million. Co-starring Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union, the film surprisingly earned an A CinemaScore and 85 percent of the ticket-buyers were over the age of 25 -- a good sign for box-office longevity.

When I interviewed Perry for the film, he said that "Good Deeds" was a preparation of some sorts for his upcoming "Alex Cross" movie. He wanted to see if he has what it takes to be a leading man. (Check out my full interview with Tyler Perry right here, with Thandie Newton right here, and the adorable Gabrielle Union right here)

At No. 3 was "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" which held wel with $13.5 million. Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Safe House," landed at No. 4. Starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, "Safe House" sold $11.4 million worth of box-office tickets.

And Screen Gems has something to celebrate! For the first time, one of their titles has crossed teh $100 million mark. That, of course, was "The Vow" starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The romantic drama landed at No. 5 with $10 million but is being predicted to earn $103 million by Sunday!

But Universal and Summit might not be in any celebratory mood this weekend. Universal's raunchy comedy (and my pick of the week), "Wanderlust," failed to whet the appetite of moviegoers. Starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, the funny R-rated flick only managed $6.6 million debuting at No. 8.

Summit's "Gone," starring Amanda Seyfried, also failed to sizzle! The abduction tale came in at No. 9 with $5 million. Targeted heavily to younger female audience, Summit has said that it has a net risk of $2 million, so I guess they're safe? (Check out my full interview with Amanda Seyfried for "Gone" right here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office movies for Oscar weekend of Feb. 24th:

1. Act of Valor, 1/3,039, Relativity/Bandito Brothers, $24.7 million
2. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, 1/2,132, Lionsgate, $16 million
3. Journey 2, 3/3,350, New Line/Warner Bros., $13.5 million, $76.7 million
4. Safe House, 3/3,052, Universal, $11.4 million, $98.1 million
5. The Vow, 2/3,038, Screen Gems/Spyglass, $10 million, $103 million
6. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, 2/3,174, Sony/Hyde Park, $8.8 million, $37.9 million
7. This Means War, 2/3,189, Fox, $8.5 million, $33.6 million
8. Wanderlust, 1/2,002, Universal, $6.6 million
9. Gone, 1/2,186, Summit, $5 million
10. The Secret World of Arrietty, 2/1,522, Disney/Studio Ghibli, $4.5 million, $14.7 million

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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