Exceeding all expectations, Sony Screen Gems' Dear John finally handed seven week Box Office champion its first defeat taking in $32.4 million. The tearjerker confirms Vanity Fair's recent prediction that Amanda Seyfried is indeed a bankable star. Although recent effort Jennifer's Body tanked, her overall body of work including Mean Girls, Mamma Mia and now this monster, place her at the top of her pack. Of course, I'm sure heartthrob Channing Tatum might also have had a small part in bringing the girls out to the theatre too!
I'm honestly tired of writing about Avatar, but still being able to pull in $23.6 million in its eighth week of release and landing in second is a mighty impressive feat.
The weekend's only other debut, Lionsgate's From Paris With Love came in third with just $8.1 million. The action drama stars John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and marks a significant loss for its studio, which invested $52 million in the picture.
Fox Searchlight's Crazy Heart appears to be getting the right amount of buzz in time for the Oscars, jumping from 14th to eighth spot with $3.7 million in its first weekend in wide release. Its star Jeff Bridges has been popping up allover the place of late, including landing a spot on the upcoming charity remake of We Are the World. This was no doubt due to his impressive performance in this film as a washed-up country singer.