Monday Morning Box Office Report: Avatar Toppled by… Channing Tatum?


Well it was bound to happen eventually, but I don’t think many of us expected to see Avatar knocked out of the #1 spot by a chick flick. Dear John, based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, managed to top the box office this weekend with an impressive $32 million opening weekend, ending the 8 week run that James Cameron’s Avatar had enjoyed up to this point. With plenty of women flocking to the theatre in order to get away from the Super Bowl, it may or may not be a coincidence that Avatar also fell on the same week that it broke the final record held by Titanic. From Paris with Love opened with a pretty uninspired $8 million, good enough for the #3 spot, while Edge of Darkness and The Tooth Fairy rounded out the top 5. Crazy Heart also made its first appearance in the top 10, earning $3.6 million on about 800 screens.

1. Dear John — $32.4M
2. Avatar — $23.6M
3. From Paris with Love — $8.12M
4. Edge of Darkness — $7M
5. Tooth Fairy — $6.5M
6. When in Rome — $5.5M
7. The Book of Eli — $4.83M
8. Crazy Heart — $3.65M
9. Legion — $3.4M
10. Sherlock Holmes — $2.63M

  • BigHungry

    I would of rather another movie do it.
    — Looking forward to the Frozen review podcast and hope it gets a release wide enough that I can see it in theaters.

  • ShenEvil44

    I agree. While it is close to Valentine’s Day, it’s pretty embarrassing to be unseated by a crappy chick flick. Take that, Jim =P.

  • Cufford

    Well, it was inevitable that some movie, any movie would eventually rise to the top and pass it. I think this has little to do with a movie “beating” the other movie, as in it’s better or something. Avatar’s momentum has simply waned and is finally starting to drop.