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Box office report: Act of Valor captures No. 1

Jenna Milly is a screenwriter. She co-created the TBS microseries "Gillian in Georgia." She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLAs School of Theater, Film and Television. She...

America loves American heroes

With ticket sales on a steady rise since New Year’s, another action hero film opened at number one with $25 million in box office returns. Act of Valor did justice to weekend moviegoers.

America loves American heroes

The movie about a group of Navy SEALs who save a female CIA agent from capture brought moviegoers to the box office this weekend. Starring Roselyn Sanchez of Without a Trace, Act of Valor is violent, disturbing and as true to life as possible.

The filmmakers collaborated with real life Navy SEALs to get that authentic action feel. The film raked in an estimated $25 million at the box office this weekend, bringing it to the number one spot, according to Deadline Hollywood.

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Coming in second with an estimated gross of $16 million was Tyler Perry's latest in another family story that touches hearts and minds. Good Deeds, the romantic drama about a businessman who changes his life when he meets a single mother working as a maid, stars Tyler Perry and Gabrielle Union.

Back in the saddle and climbing the ladder was Dwayne Johnson's family adventure movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which co-stars Josh Hutcherson. Coming in at number three, it pulled in an estimated $13.1 million this weekend.

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Dropping from the number one spot last week, Denzel Washington's Safe House ranked in at number four. The story of a cop and a fugitive on the chase makes for an exciting thriller that pulled an estimated $11 million at the box office.

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Holding strong on hearts was The Vow, which came in fifth with an estimated $10 million. The romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum took audiences by surprise with its sentimentality and earnest approach to romance.

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Nicolas Cage's Ghost Rider 2: The Spirit of Vengeance maintained a following with $9.5 million in box office returns, giving it the sixth spot in this week's lineup. The sequel to the popular Ghost Rider series is one that shows Cage with more humor and a lot more action.

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Romantic comedies suffered the most this weekend with This Means War, the Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy action-romance, coming in seventh with $8.7 million.

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Even more disappointing was the Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston comedy Wanderlust which barely slid into eighth place with a dismal $5.8 million.

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Rounding out the top ten were the Amanda Seyfried action-thriller Gone coming in ninth with $5 million and Disney's The Secret of Arrietty coming in tenth with $4.6 million.

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