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North American box office: ‘Avatar’ falls to ‘Dear John’


1. Dear John: $30.5 million (NEW)
2. Avatar: $22.9 million
3. From Paris with Love: $8.2 million (NEW)
4. Edge of Darkness: $6.9 million (2nd week; drops 60%)
5. Tooth Fairy: $6.6 million (3rd week; drops 34%)

actual numbers, not estimates
Really, North America? Dear John? This is the movie that knocks Avatar off its pedastal? Have you seen Dear John? Yeah, I guess you have by now. But really: Are you sorry?

It’s not like I have a vested interest in the Avatar horse race — and anyway, the movie was closing in on $630 million by the end of last weekend, so it hardly needs my cheerleading — but why did it have to be this preposterous movie to break its streak? Sheesh.

Sorta sad opening for From Paris with Love. Maybe folks’ll discover it on DVD…

Huge drop for Edge of Darkness, but not an unexpected one. And yet Tooth Fairy, which is infinitely worse, hangs on. The universe is a strange place.

Overall, it was sorta a snoozer of a weekend, thanks to the Super Bowl. And the mostly lousy movies on offer, of course.

[numbers via Box Office Mojo]

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