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"Dear John" Dethrones "Avatar" at Domestic Box Office

Posted: February 7th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Dear John" Dethrones "Avatar" at Domestic Box OfficeSubmit Comment
Channing Tatum's romantic drama "Dear John," based on a Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) novel, was able to overtake "Avatar" for the first spot at the domestic box office. "Avatar" held the box office crown for seven straight weeks.

"Dear John" took in $32.4 million from 2,969 theaters, becoming the highest grossing film ever opening over the Super Bowl weekend. Previous record holder was Disney's "Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" with $31.1 million.

"Dear John" also become Screen Gem's highest opener, beating "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," which opened with $30 million in 2005.

"Avatar" landed in second place by adding another $23.6 million from 3,000 theaters. The film has now grossed $630 million domestically for a worldwide total of $2.2 billion.

The weekend's other wide opener was John Travolta's "From Paris with Love," which had a disappointing launch with $8.1 million. The film was made for $52 million.

Click here to read our "Dear John" review.

Check out the rest of the box office results

Source: Variety


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KalVicious writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 7:53:28 PM

It seems like a good film, though, at least. :)
wonderBOY writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 7:58:02 PM

I thought wolfman was going to take over avatar
rzmsauce writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 7:58:30 PM

Is Judd Hirsch in this???
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 7:59:00 PM

f*cking dispicable, this movie was even sh*ttier than Avatar.

The human population never fails to dissapoint me.
Jerry Garcia87 writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:07:06 PM

Haha what a sh*tty movie to over take a an even worse movie, hopefully wolfman will be good
Eben1277 writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:10:18 PM

Oh sh*t, Avatar sucks! I knew after a few people saw it it would tank! (dripping with sarcasm)
encoreyourface writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:24:36 PM

@jerry- i hope Wolfman is good too, i really want to see that.

also the people who made this film shouldn't be too proud for beating a pile of horse sh*t like f*cking Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus in domestic box office.
however they should be happy that they "dethroned" Avatar, that's cool.

also this is surprising news,because Dear John looked pretty fudge-packer gay. i guess people got bored of blue people and got desperate ...

also they



encoreyourface writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:25:08 PM

*delete "also they" on my comment.
HorrorJunky4Life writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:40:16 PM

I'm going to assume that chicks all over the US went out to support this flick? Otherwise, I can't understand why this hit number 1.
KoJay writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:43:37 PM

Why are people even watching Channing Tatum? He is one of the worst actors ever. He acts the same every damn movie I see of him.

Oh that sucks, I watch his movies!
Sir_Bedivere writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:43:53 PM

Yeah! In your face Avatar! Just cause you earned over 1.6 billion dollars world wide and crowned yourself as the top grossing film of all time...wait I think I was going for an insult there.
KoJay writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:44:13 PM

SHEEEEEEEEEEIT!!!
GIST writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 8:56:18 PM

@SpookyCupcakes

The tweens never fail to disappointment me. The magic behind actors with all show and no substance. Tweeny Cyrus' flock the theatre as if they were giving away free Jonas Brothers urine samples.
nope.com writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:00:10 PM

so thats where all the vaginas went
rabid writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:04:55 PM

I have no clue what "Dear John" is but the title sounds boring as hell. It's like it's saying "Don't Watch Me".
Avatar was great. Good to see a great sci-fi flick captivate a whole country. More science fiction! less whatever this Dear John thing is.
telur writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:12:33 PM

if Dear John had 3 D must be $50 million
GIST writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:16:55 PM

@nope.com

The majora of labias went to see Channing Taint-um, and a minora of labias never seen Avatar.
Gunslinger writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:22:29 PM

Ummm...Super Bowl? It may have been ladies weekend at the movies.
Gunslinger writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:24:27 PM

I mean, most anyone with half a pair probably started drinking Saturday night...Lance Armstrong is even doing beer commercials. I rest my case.
CCBlev writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:49:34 PM

@Kojay
Don't get me started on how bad Tatum is. I mean seriously, whose c*ck is he sucking to keep getting movie roles?
TH3D4RKKN1GH7 writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 9:54:44 PM

Heh didn't see this coming but whatever Avatar had a nice long run. IN OTHER NEWS...

SAINTS WIN BABY!!!! WHO DAT?! WHO DAT?! WHO DAT SAY DEY GON BEAT DEM SAINTS!!!!

Damn I wish I was back in NOLA now, can you imagine all the exposed boobies?!
Jerry Garcia87 writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 10:34:31 PM

I could see Tatum working in the wwe, it's full of bullsh*t and I think he'd fight right in, he is such an awful actor
secondbest writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 11:06:44 PM

One sh*tty movie dethroned by a sh*ttier movie. Goddamn it, America, what's wrong with you?
encoreyourface writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 11:31:01 PM

lol!!
OneTime writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 11:31:35 PM

my gf is makin me go see this... :(
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 11:36:32 PM

OneTime, how can your right hand FORCE you to go to a movie?
encoreyourface writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 11:37:18 PM

@OneTime-i feel incredibly sorry for you, maybe we can all go to your funeral after your gunned down by police for going on a killing spree after going completely insane, or go into a depression and kill yourself. it would be a miracle to survive this utter sh*t without emotional scars.
FBO writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 11:38:43 PM

Are you serious? This movie? I f*cking hate nicholas sparks
encoreyourface writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 11:39:19 PM

@Spooky-lol. don't people's right hands make them buy blow-up dolls and other sex objects?
Peter Parker writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 12:17:02 AM

Wow, Gayslinger, you're back!
And best of all, you're back with more insightful and intelligent comments that are a true testament to your clearly superior mental capacity! f*cking amazing...

So, according to what you're saying, the fact that a chick flic was released on the same weekend as the Super Bowl, may have stolen some attention from "Avatar" and, at the same time, taken more girls to the movies, which resulted on "Avatar" being dethroned?

... Well then, somebody give Gayslinger the f*cking award for realizing the obvious!
Rain Man is an amateur compared to you, when it comes to rational thinking!
f*cking awesome!

As amazed as I may be with your incredible reasoning skills, I think there may be more to it...
As it ever occurred to you that, aside from the Super Bowl, maybe, just maybe, the world is running out people that haven't seen "Avatar" yet and are still interested in seeing it?

Or maybe, the morons that don't want to live in this planet anymore and keep going to the theaters, week after week, to revisit Pandora are getting a little too tired of watching their favorite cartoons?

I know!!!! I think I just figured it out!!!
It was those three factors together that took "Avatar" from the first place! That's it!
It was like... the perfect storm, or something, almost like three hurricanes, inadvertently working together to sweep "Avatar" off of the top spot!


Gayslinger, thanks anyway for your valuable contribution.
The world really needs more great thinkers like yourself, to start shedding some light down on the rest of us.
I'm so glad to have you back...

f*cking awesome.
encoreyourface writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 12:22:33 AM

nice post @PP.
Eben1277 writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 12:30:08 AM

say what you want about gunslinger, but the series he took his name and avatar from is awesome, except for book 4. By 7 it was a total return to form
gimple writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 12:43:36 AM

Not like this. Not like this...
Gunslinger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:08:49 AM

Wow...I almost read a full sentence of that, Peter Puffer.
Gunslinger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:12:33 AM

I mean, for a retard you sure can type.
Freudian_Nightmare writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:15:34 AM

Who directed Dear John? Lasse Hallström. Where does he come from? Sweden.

So, while the world was busy feeding Cameron's pockets, Sweden decided to stop that. And we did.

So c'mon everybody: "Sweden is the best country in the world, we rule and are awesome and Norway can suck our balls"
Peter Parker writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:21:44 AM

"I mean, for a retard you sure can type."

Can't say the same about you, Gayslinger.

What was the problem, exactly? Head hurts when you see too many letters?

Well, some retards can be taught how to read. In your case, not event that.

There, there, boy...
lost_addict writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:34:08 AM

"The weekend's other wide opener was John Travolta's "From Paris with Love," which had a disappointing launch with $8.1 million. The film was made for $52 million."

flop with travolta???thats a first one...

Gunslinger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:38:19 AM

There you go again...amazing. Your therapist must be so proud.
Peter Parker writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:43:25 AM

@ encore:

Thanks, I appreciate that.

@ eben:

If only Gayslinger here were as interesting as the series he got the name from...
He's not, though. He's the type of idiot that comes here every now and then to tell the WP community how sad and stupid they are to his eyes.

These are his words from the last time he decided to contribute with a comment:

"This site should be renamed WorstComments

[...] The newsfeed here is just shy of being tabloid, and the comments are just shy of autistic."

- ... and then, Rocket Scientist here comes and decides to share with the rest of us his insightful theory about the big box office mystery.

Isn't that ironic? The idiot complains about the intelligence level of the comments, and then comes and tells us the Super Bowl may have had something to do with it.
f*cking awesome.
Peter Parker writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:45:35 AM

"Your therapist must be so proud."

Uuuuuuuuh! Look at you all pissed and sh*t!
What else do you have, Gayslinger?
Eben1277 writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 2:54:05 AM

Aaaahhhh, I thought that name looked familiar. I think he got smacked down by Mink and/or Ranger once back in the day before Dandy went off the deep end... if I recall correctly most of our current regulars were not posting at the time, but I seem to recall Trig and the nice kid from Cali that has the Spongebob avatar being present. Possibly Ari Gold and Vdodson as well.
Gunslinger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 4:08:09 AM

*yawn*
ilovebatman writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 4:43:06 AM

How I love to read PerverPacker's comments.
I noticed he likes to take another's inciteful comment, turn it around on itself, repeat the comment in a sarcastic manner, and therefore make himself look smarter than before mentioned comment-poster.

PP-" "I mean, for a retard you sure can type."(Gunslinger)

'Can't say the same about you, Gayslinger.'"

I have no further questions, Your Honor.

ilovebatman writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 4:52:57 AM

^PervertPacker

GUNSLINGER! Together, we can take down this ancient evil known to the world as "Peter Parker", but know this...In the ancient realms of the deep, the creature known as "Lohan" gave birth. This spawn was given the title PervertPacker. And for a reason, I'll tell you what. His weakness is known to only a few, as "Peter Parker" he is invincible. BUT, as PervertPacker, he cannot resist the lust he feels when a prison inmate drops the soap. There is only one way to stop this menace!

Send him BACK to the depths of Lohan's Realm! Find a way for him to go to prison. Visit his adoptive brothers and sisters, (obviously in there for illegally marrying eachother) and pay some unknowing fool crack money to bend over! PervertPacker cannot risist!

(Oh, and I would rather watch "Dear John" for the rest of my living life, than watch Avatard ever! SO GOOD JOB "Dear John"!)
Gunslinger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 5:26:07 AM

@ilovebatman

I know, I know. All they've ever got is the "I know you are, but what am I" defense or mom jokes. It's sad as f*ck. And here I was, trying to contribute something pertinent to the discussion at hand, offering one small observation to help expand the range of possible explanations for what might seem to some like a box-office anomaly. My bad.
jigsaw23 writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 5:53:51 AM

dear john you look gay. and its about time that stupid movie is dropping down.
Peter Parker writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 9:36:46 AM

So, Gayslinger and iblowbatman working together to stop the "menace" I represent?

f*cking hilarious! I'm almost in tears here!
You two are priceless!

What are the two of you calling your little common endeavor? The Gaynamic Duo?
How will you decide who plays the girl? Whoever pulls the shortest d*ck? Too funny...

A gay retard and a retarded gay, the possibilities for the two of you are endless! Fertility clinics, adoption, sex change surgery, strap-ons... What a funny looking couple you guys must be.

And Gayslinger, your little outcry is pathetic!

"And here I was, trying to contribute something pertinent"

- Well boo f*cking hoo! If you're going to complain about how pointless and uneducated people are in this website one day, and the next day you come here to "contribute" with something an eight year old could have thought of, then you can bet your entire dildo collection you'll be ridiculed, alright! You're a joke.

And iblowbatman, as for you... hold the mushrooms, OK sweetie?

Here's a tip for you two lovebirds: Contact vindy and C.O.C., to help you two on your little mission. Not only you'd have allies, the four of you could all go out together on double dates, you guys could change couples, taste different d*cks...

See? You guys don't need to be repressed fudge-packers all your lives. Come out of the closet and have yourselves a gay'old time!

Live long and prosper, pillow biters!

Xoxo...
CCBlev writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 10:27:50 AM

@pp
Those were epic you took my breath away with some of those!!
Skywalker121289 writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 1:52:58 PM

Only cause Channing was a stripper... Man- The Wolfman can't get here soon enough.
ilovebatman writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 6:20:38 PM

Oh lord. My fears were correct! He didn't deny loving gay sex! In fact, I think PP wants some of our purity.
ilovebatman writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 6:24:17 PM

Not to mention his sad excuse of a defence. All you said to me was hold the mushrooms. LAME. Please, I engaged you in a battle of wits. Don't throw the towel out after your done sucking, keep using it! If you can't handle Gunslinger's and my wits, don't even bother. Go back to Lohan's Realm, where you can f*ck the sh*t out of every creature you see without punishment.
ilovebatman writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 6:33:44 PM

Gunslinger...I know what you mean. You were simply putting out what you thought was a viable contribution, and I agree, it was. Nobody else said it. He can so suck himself. If PP needs, help, well he can tie a weight to his d*ck. If he wants it to be long enough, I would suggest a no-less than 1 ton weight.
Ranger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 6:54:49 PM

@ISuckBatmansc*ck - shut the f*ck up you pathetic, tough guy wannabe over the internet, p*ssy, f*cking pizza making loser.

Jesus Christ, do you EVER, EVER stop whining lurker?

Do you squat when you piss?

Shut the f*ck up already.

Ranger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 6:57:00 PM

'well he can tie a weight to his d*ck. If he wants it to be long enough,'

Just stupid Corky... just stupid (but I expect no more from you... ever). Go make your pizzas (oh right... you weren't even embarrassed to note on here you were now SUPERVISING those making pizza... LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

Shut the f*ck up whiny bitch, before your boyfriend kicks you in the c*nt.



Peter Parker writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 7:08:31 PM

Hey, itakeituptheassfromBatman, if you want to engage "in a battle of wits", as you've put it, you may want to try to decipher sarcasm first.

See, when I said "hold the mushrooms", what I meant was "you're insignificant and, unless you're making me a pizza, you're just a worthless piece of sh*t".

Battle of wits... PUH-f*ckING-LEASE!

Idiot.
Ranger writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 7:47:55 PM

@PP - don't bother explaining anything to that simpleton. He won't get it anyway (as he didn't get your first meaning).

He is a retard (clearly). In old Germany, they'd experiment on him.

Derp88 writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 10:33:41 PM

Dear John earned $30,468,614 so it in fact didn't get the Superbowl weekend record as stated here
MoneyHayabusa writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 11:52:06 PM

@PP

HAHAHA I was thinking the WRONG mushrooms, I was about to say "wait, if you don't want em pass that sh*t yo".
MoneyHayabusa writes:
on February 8th, 2010 at 11:55:29 PM

Dear John,

f*ck you.
felix559 writes:
on February 9th, 2010 at 12:13:59 AM

channing tatum can kill a movie without being in it!
Peter Parker writes:
on February 9th, 2010 at 12:16:46 AM

@ MoneyHayabusa:

LOL! If only I could find a pizza place that would put THOSE mushrooms on their pies, I'd ask for extra mushrooms every time!

You know what? That just gave me an awesome idea for a new business! Magic Mushroom Pizza, it even rolls off the tongue nicely! Holy sh*t!
TRUEMAN writes:
on February 9th, 2010 at 8:11:21 AM

HAHAHAHAHA, i told you mother f*cker Channing Tatum i s better actor tham SAm W. here is the proof, f*ck the bad actors!

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