It was a mixed bag at the box office this weekend. On the one hand, the Navy SEAL flick ‘Act of Valor’ topped off the box office with a respectable $24.7 million opening weekend, and more than doubled its budget ($12 million) in the process. On the other hand, that $24.7 million was also nearly equal to the total combined draw of the weekend’s other three big releases: Tyler Perry’s ‘Good Deeds’, the hippie comedy ‘Wanderlust’, and the Amanda Seyfried thriller ‘Gone’.
In fact, the latter two of the bunch had such poor showings for the weekend that they didn’t even manage to crack the top five; instead, ‘Wanderlust’ debuted at number eight with $6.6 million, while ‘Gone’ only barely slunk into ninth place with $5 million. Poor reviews for both films likely helped secure their low box office numbers from the start.
‘Good Deeds’ managed to pull in $16 million over the weekend, barely enough to secure second place. The rest of the top five films were actually entries from previous weeks: last week’s number four film, ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ actually rose one spot to take third place with $13.5 million. Last week’s number one film, ‘Safe House’, saw a dramatic drop down the chart to fourth place, taking in only $11.4 million.
And finally, rounding out the top five was the Valentine’s Day hit ‘The Vow’, sliding from second to fifth place with $10 million. So far, that film has managed to shatter a few records and has more than tripled its $30 million budget, taking in over $103 million in three weeks.