Channing Tatum took on Avatar and won. Despite rancid reviews early on, "Dear John" was box office king this weekend, ending "Avatar's" reign.
Dear John's makers figured the movie would make around $20 million, seriously underestimating as the movie made around 32 million. What were they not expecting?
An audience that was over 80 percent female and a HUGE turnout of women under 21. Come on. How could they not expect it? Super Bowl weekend and it is a Nicholas Sparks novel. His stories being turned into movies have made "A Walk To Remember" and "The Notebook" but also made the bomb wit Richard Gere.
Bottom line: as long as his books/movies have young actors starring in them, they will be successful.
So look for "One Song" with Miley Cyrus to do very well soon. In that time, if you do pick up a Nicholas Sparks novel, be warned. That dude will have you crying by the end of one of his stories.