Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 26th, 2012

Act of Valor tops the box office

The much hyped low budget actioner Act of Valor won the weekend, grossing an impressive $24.7 million at the box office. The Navy SEALs film (read our review), which was directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, uses real SEALs as the stars with support coming from Roselyn Sanchez.

It’s difficult to compare this movie to other action films due to the unique marketing point, but it has beaten the total gross of Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, which topped out at just $17 million. Distributor Relatively paid $12 million for Act of Valor and pulled out all the stops, using more than the $30 million that they guaranteed in the purchase for prints and advertising commitment.

Tyler Perry’s latest effort Good Deeds should brought in an estimated $16 million from Friday to Monday. Perry directed, produced, wrote and starred in the film which cost only $15 million to produce, but the debut was far below his last effort Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, which opened to $25 million on its way to a final gross of over $53 million. The debut was in-line with Perry’s 2008 film Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, which started off with $17 million and closed its run with $37 million.

Dwayne Johnson’s latest family film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D held up well and banked a little over $13.4 million, upping its gross to an impressive $78 million, with the century mark now in sight.

Denzel Washington’s Safe House is also inching closer to that all important $100 million marker. A further $11.4 million sees the actioner raise its cume to just over $98 million.

Rom-dram, The Vow brought its take to $103 million after grossing an additional $10 million, making it Screen Gems' first $100 million grosser.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance banked $8.8 million, down 58% from last week’s debut. While the Nicolas Cage film has banked a lacklustre $37.8 million domestically, it has almost covered its $57 million production budget when international numbers are taken into account.

This Means War scored another $8.5 million and upped its gross to a disappointing $33.5 million, a weak number considering Reese Witherspoon’s star power and Chris Pine and Tom Hardy’s combined “heat.” The film will fall far short of its $65 million production budget on its domestic release.

Wanderlust fails at the box office

The Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston comedy Wanderlust failed to discover audience lust, debuting to just $6.6 million. The gross was less than the $7 million apiece that Rudd’s last two features, Our idiot Brother and How Do You Know launched with. They went on to gross $24 million and $30 million respectively. How Do You Know, which also starred Reese Witherspoon was a particular disaster having cost $120 million to produce, and grossing just $48 million globally.

Aniston has been on something of a mixed box office roll recently, with Horrible Bosses and Just Go With It both hitting $100 million. Though, Wanderlust’s start is even less than The Switch’s $8 million debut. That film went on to pull in $27 million, a figure that Wanderlust (read our review) will never see.

Summit’s thriller Gone, got lost in the box office shuffle over the weekend, grossing a terrible $5 million from a $25 million budget outlay. Amanda Seyfried stars in the poorly reviewed film (read ours) which had a “Taken for girls vibe.”

The Secret World Of Arrietty held up well and rounded out the top ten. The Disney release brought in another $4.5 million and upped its cume to just under $15 million.

That's it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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