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'Act of Valor' Claims Victory at Box Office on Oscar Weekend

February 27, 2012 01:18:52 GMT

The movie featuring real Navy SEALs exceeds the expectation with $24.4 million gross, while Jennifer Aniston's 'Wanderlust' debuts low at No. 8.



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Proving that a movie does not need A-list stars to boost ticket sales, "Act of Valor" debuts atop box office on Oscar weekend. The military drama takes over the throne from "Safe House" by earning $24.4 million, exceeding analysts' expectation of $14 million.

The R-rated action film, which takes "a big risk by offering a new approach to entertainment" with real Navy SEALs joining the cast ensemble, gets good reviews from only 30% of critics, but it earns "A" CinemaScores. Its action-packed TV spots are believed to help attract male moviegoers, which made three-quarters of the audience.

With such strong opening cume, "Act of Valor" easily defeats "Good Deeds" which sits at No. 2 in its first week. Seeing a 25% increase from Friday to Saturday, the latest drama movie from Tyler Perry pulls in $15.5 million in three-day ticket sales.

Taking the third place is "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" which is up one place from No. 4. The Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens-starring movie adds $13.3 million to its domestic gross.

Last week's champion "Safe House" falls to No. 4 with $10.9 million. Rachel McAdams' romantic movie "The Vow" still trails behind the Denzel Washington-starring action thriller, rounding up the top 5 with $9.9 million.

In contrary to "Act of Valor", other newcomers "Wanderlust" and "Gone" tank at the chart. The comedy movie, which has Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd on its line-up, places eighth with $6.5 million, while the thriller headlined by Amanda Seyfried takes the ninth place with $4.7 million.

Meanwhile, getting a boost from being best picture nominee at the ongoing Academy Awards, "The Artist" sees around 23.4% increase in ticket sales from last week. The silent movie adds $2.9 million at the thirteenth place.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for February 24-26, 2012:

  1. "Act of Valor" - $24.4 million
  2. "Good Deeds" - $15.5 million
  3. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" - $13.3 million
  4. "Safe House" - $10.9 million
  5. "The Vow" - $9.9 million
  6. "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" - $9 million
  7. "This Means War" - $8.4 million
  8. "Wanderlust" - $6.5 million
  9. "Gone" - $4.7 million
  10. "The Secret World of Arrietty" - $4.3 million

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by RPT on Mar 01, 2012
Just proves critics are not worth crud. Especially when they have noooo clue about whats going on around the world right now. There is a trident stuck in your azzes now.

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