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Act of Valor tops US box office

Act of Valor

Story by Jack Foley

ACT of Valor, a new government-endorsed action movie featuring real-life Navy SEALs, has topped another strong weekend at the US box office.

The Bandito Brothers-produced war flick opened to a strong $24.7 million ahead of Tyler Perry’s romantic comedy Good Deeds at No. 2 with $16 million.

In all, box office revenues were up more than 25% from the previous year despite it being Oscars weekend and the under-performance of two other new releases.

Jennifer Aniston-Paul Rudd R-rated comedy Wanderlust flopped with an estimated $6.6 million, while Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone fared little better with $5 million. Those films could only manage eighth and ninth place respectively.

Instead, audiences opted to stick with holdover titles Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which took a further $13.5 million for third place, Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds action thriller Safe House which took $11.4 million for fourth spot and Channing Tatum-Rachel McAdams romancer The Vow which amassed $10 million to take its estimated US total to $103 million.

Coming back to Act of Valor, which also received a glowing endorsement from President Obama at a White House screening earlier this year, the film’s success is particularly gratifying for its backers because of the decision to change it from a Navy recruitment video to a feature.

The film follows a group of real-life Navy SEALs playing fictionalized characters on a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

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