Act of Valor , a movie that started out as a training film, which stars Navy SEALs playing Navy SEALs, was victorious at the weekend theater(s) of operations, seizing an estimated $24.7 million from moviegoers, more than twice what it cost to produce. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds opened in second place with about $16 million, the poorest showing for a Perry film since 2007's Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls . In something of a surprise, Warner Bros. Journey 2 The Mysterious Island dropped only 32 percent from last weekend, despite losing 150 theaters, to wind up in third place -- a notch higher than last week -- with around $13.48 million. At the same time, last week's champ, Safe House , dropped to fourth place with an estimated $11.4 million, down 52 percent. The Vow , which placed second last weekend, plunged to fifth place with $10 million, down 57 percent (but Nevertheless crossed $100 million, a record for a film released under Sony's Screen Gems banner), while Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance dropped from third place to sixth with $8.8 million. The latest Jennifer Anniston-Paul Rudd pairing, Wanderlust , from producer Judd Apatow turned up dead on arrival with just $6.6 million, while Summit's Gone lived up to its title with only $5 million. While Act of Valor reportedly cost only $24 million to produce, Relativity Media spent more than that amount promoting it, including buying four ads during the Super Bowl telecast.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.