'Valentine's Day' takes Friday b.o.

'The Wolfman' lands second place spot

Warner Bros.' ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" delivered a sweet $14.6 in estimated first-day boxoffice Friday to start the four-day President’s Day weekend in first place.

The New Line-produced ensemble romancer is sure to pad its lead big-time during Sunday's titular holiday. A four-day bow north of $50 million is likely.

Elsewhere in the daily rankings, Universal debuted the Benicio Del Toro starrer "The Wolfman" with $9.8 million, good for second place among the daily rankings. The horror pic's daily grosses will be closely watched for the balance of the holiday-stretched session, as patron word of mouth will be key to its success after many critics snapped at "Wolfman."

Fox's family adventure "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" saw $9.7 million in opening-day coin to launch in third place, with prospects of more robust b.o. once the weekend's kid-filled matinees kick in.

Fox-distributed "Avatar" rung up $4.5 million on Friday, taking up fourth place following its first frame of inhabiting anywhere but the top spot. The sci-fi epic totes $642.1 million in cumulative domestic b.o.

Entering its sophomore session, Sony/Relativity's romantic drama "Dear John" scribbled $4.1 million in fifth place for with an eight-day cume of $43 million.

Lionsgate's John Travolta starrer "From Paris With Love" -- another soph-session holdover -- fetched $2.7 million in seventh place Friday for a $13.8 million cume.
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