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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: Valentine's Day Sucks!

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A trio of newcomers stormed the box-office this weekend, thoroughly knocking down the mighty Avatar from its lofty aerie. The rancid and cynical Valentine's Day led the pack with a well undeserved $52.4M. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Very Long Title pulled in a solid $31.1M to edge out the better-than-expected The Wolfman ($30.6M). After that it was the aforementioned Avatar ($22M | $659.6M) and the moronic Dear John ($15.3M | $53.1M).

The second half was led by the depressing Tooth Fairy ($5.6M | $41.5M). It was followed by the dull From Paris With Love ($4.7M | $15.8M), the decent Edge of Darkness ($4.5M | $36M), the superb Crazy Heart ($4M | $16.5M) and the god awful When In Rome ($3.4M | $26M). There was only a single entry in the limited release field: the controversial My Name Is Khan. It performed very well in 120 venues ($15,500 per theater) and should hang around for awhile.

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