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Hey Ladies — You REALLY Wanted to See Channing Tatum in 'Dear John' … And Knocked 'Avatar' Off Its Box Office Perch!

Mon, February 8, 2010 1:08pm EDT by Add first Comment


While the fellas focused on football, the ladies piled into theaters for the romance drama starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried — in a big big way!

Who would have guessed the only thing to muscle Avatar from the top of the box office after 7 weeks, was sentimental tearjerker Dear John? The drama starring heartthrob Channing Tatum, 29, and Amanda Seyfried, 24, catapulted to the #1 spot with $32.4 million over the weekend, pushing Avatar down to #2 for the first time in nearly two months, with only $24 million.

Box office analysts agree, the focus on the Super Bowl left all those sports widows who weren’t slaving over 7-layer dip and hot wings to entertain themselves and that they did! The film, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel about a soldier who falls in love with a college student, had a built in female audience of nearly 84 percent with many of them under 21.

The long-distance love story may be at the top but don’t count out the James Cameron sci-fi epic, it still has legs and managed to crush the rest of the weekend’s competition including fresh release From Paris With Love, the John Travolta spy drama eeked out a paltry $8 million to round out the top 3.

Did you hang in and check out the big game or did you slip out for some romance with Channing and Amanda?

Get More on Channing & Amanda:

  1. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried Talk ‘Dear John’ “
  2. Channing Tatum Talks Kids And Love Letters