BOX OFFICE WATCH: Navy SEAL Actioner ACT OF VALOR Tops Weekend
Published: February 27, 2012 - 10:30am
The critically panned military adventure film beat out Tyler Perry's latest cinematic outing, while Warner Bros' Journey 2 and Universal's Safe House stay strong for the weekend of February 24-26, 2012.
#1 - Act of Valor
Weekend: $24,700,000 - Weeks in Theaters: 1
Total: $24,700,000 - Budget: $55,000,000 (est.)
Screens: 3,039 / Studio: Relativity Media
Directed by “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh, written by Kurt Johnstad and starring Active Duty Navy SEALs, Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nester Serrano.
An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.
When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all.
Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film–showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.
#2 - Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Weekend: $16,000,000 - Weeks in Theaters: 1
Total: $16,000,000 - Budget: (undisclosed)
Screens: 2,132 / Studio: Lionsgate
Directed, written by and starring Tyler Perry (Wesley Deeds), the film also stars Thandie Newton (Lindsey Wakefield), Brian White (Walt Deeds), Rebecca Romijn (Heidi), Jamie Kennedy (Mark Freeze), Eddie Cibrian (John), Jordenn Thompson (Ariel), and Beverly Johnson (Brenda) with Phylicia Rashad (Wilimena) and Gabrielle Union (Natalie).
A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what’s expected of him, whether it’s assuming the helm of his father’s company, tolerating his brother’s misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that’s expected of him for the life he’s always really wanted.
#3 - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Weekend: $13,475,000 - Weeks in Theaters: 3
Total: $76,731,000 - Budget: $79,000,000
Screens: 3,350 / Studio: Warner Bros
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Kristin Davis, Luis Guzmán and Vanessa Hudgens, the film is directed by Brad Peyton with a story by Richard Outten and screenplay by Brian Gunn & Mark Gunn.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young adventurer Sean (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist--a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and hisbeautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.