Valentines Day woos cinema-goers

V-day lovers obviously outweighed the haters in cinema complexes this weekend, as Garry Marshall’s rom-com Valentine's Day stole audience members’ hearts along with the number one spot from last week’s Avatar victor Dear John .

Seduced by a frankly epic cast of A-listers – among them Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Shirley MacLaine and some guy from Twilight – American audiences coughed up $52m to give Valentine’s Day a strong opening weekend.

Harry Potter aspirant Percy Jackson followed in second place with $31m (a whopping $60m behind the first Harry Potter flick’s opening weekend haul of $90.3m).

Meanwhile, the V-day haters satisfied their blood lust with Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman , which gobbled up a decent $30m. And Avatar got one up on Dear John by taking fourth place, adding another $22m to its money bag. Dear John capped off the top five with $15m.

The rest of the top ten saw Tooth Fairy , From Paris With Love , Edge Of Darkness , Crazy Heart and When In Rome all taking between $3-5m each, nowhere near the rest of the competition.

What did you catch this weekend?

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.