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?
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