Valentine's Day tops US box office
Valentine's Day wooed audiences with a 52.4 million dollar opening weekend in the US, easily grabbing the No 1 spot over the holiday that shares its name.
"To have a movie titled Valentine's Day on Valentine's weekend was a no-brainer that absolutely worked," said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com.
Directed by Garry Marshall, Valentine's Day was a celebrity bonanza with a cast including Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Jessica Biel, Shirley MacLaine, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner.
Valentine's Day distributor Warner Bros estimated its love story will be in the 60 million dollar range after Monday.
Opening in a tight race for No 2 were 20th Century Fox's action fantasy Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief with 31.1 million dollars over three days and Universal's werewolf tale The Wolfman with 30.6 million.
Coming in fourth for the weekend was Avatar with 22 million dollars, adding to a fortune that already has made it Hollywood's biggest modern blockbuster. Avatar raised its US total to 659.6 million dollars and its worldwide haul to 2.35 billion.
The previous weekend's No 1 movie, Sony Screen Gems' romantic drama Dear John, fell to fifth place with 15.3 million, lifting its 10-day total to 53.2 million.