Home > Vulture News > FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: Holiday Spirit In Full Swing; Audiences Flock To ‘Valentine’s Day’ Making It A Huge #1, Steady Debut For ‘Percy Jackson’, Less So For ‘Wolfman’

FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: Holiday Spirit In Full Swing; Audiences Flock To ‘Valentine’s Day’ Making It A Huge #1, Steady Debut For ‘Percy Jackson’, Less So For ‘Wolfman’

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Despite stiff date night competition from Universal’s Wolfman and Fox’s Harry Potter wannabe Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Valentine’s Day easily took the number one spot, raking in a phenomenal $52.4M. In Hollywood, where surefire success is an ever elusive hot commodity its star studded formula is surely lead to more of the same. New Line isn’t wasting any time and already has a New Years themed movie ready to go that will feature some of the same characters with a screenplay written by Valentine’s Day screenwriter Katherine Fugate. With its impressive opening, it looks like Julia Roberts reported salary that amounted to $500,000/minute of screen time just might have paid off.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians came in second with $31M. Its obvious similarities to the Harry Potter movies (which included the fact that it was based on a bestselling series of children’s books about a boy discovering that he has magical powers and was directed by Chris Columbus who directed the first two Potter‘s) may have been an asset to audiences clamoring for a return to the lighter tone of the earlier films. Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler said the fact that Columbus was behind the movie would actually help to avoid any sense of repetition:

He of all people was aware that there are some similarities to Harry Potter, Who better than Chris to keep it away from that. He’s very sensitive to not repeat what they did in those films, and to bringing out the best of what these stories can be.

Universal’s The Wolfman, a contemporary update on the horror classic couldn’t quite overcome months of negative press that resulted from its escalating budget, studio mandated reshoots and shifting release date. It’s debut wasn’t anywhere near a disaster, since it made $30.6M in third place, but with a budget of over $100M the real horror story may end up being Universal’s bottom line. At the movie’s LA premiere, director Joe Johnston referred to the movie’s troubled production history:

dammit we picked up the flag and ran over the hill. Some of us didn’t make it, but that’s the curse of the Wolfman.

[LA Times]

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1. Valentine’s Day (New Line) $52.4M

2. Percy Jackson & the Olympians (Fox 2000) $31.1M

3. The Wolfman (Universal) $30.6M

4. Avatar (Fox) $22M, Cume $660M

5. Dear John (Sony) $15.3M, Cume $53.2M

6. Tooth Fairy (Fox) $5.6M, Cume $41.5M

7. From Paris with Love (EuropaCorp) $4.74M, Cume $15.8M

8. Edge of Darkness (Warner Bros.) $4.58M, Cume $36.1M

9. Crazy Heart (Butcher’s Run) $4M, Cume $16.5M

10. When In Rome (Touchstone) $3.43M, Cume $26M

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*Bold indicates the weekend’s new releases.
Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. hallie
    July 4th, 2012 at 08:16 | #1

    Percy Jackson is nothing like Harry Potter -________-
    And Chris Colombus didn’t do anything for the movie, in fact he ruined the shit outta it. The books are amazing, but the movie is as shit as. Minus Logan Lerman, he was good in it.

  1. February 22nd, 2010 at 14:39 | #1