An elite team of Navy SEALs embarks on a mission to recover a covert CIA agent, or a comedy starring funny man Tyler Perry? A lot of movie experts thought the funny guy would come out on top in the box office on Friday, but the Navy SEALs would not be denied.
Act of Valor, which stars real-life Navy SEALs, gunned its way to the No. 1 spot on Friday, according to estimates from box office tracking website Box Office Mojo.com.
The action film is off to a good start and it appears like it will have enough firepower to hold on to first place at the end of the weekend.
Perry’s latest comedy, Good Deeds, took the second spot on Friday with $5.5 million, but it was expected to be the leader in the weekend box office race, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Despite poor reviews from critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes, both films were still able to take the top two spots.
Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave Act of Valor a 28 percent rating, but moviegoers were much more enthusiastic about the SEALs, with 85 percent of people saying they liked the movie.
The same was true for Good Deeds, with critics giving it a rotten rating (29 percent), but 90 percent of people who saw the film said they liked it.
Also debuting on Friday was Wanderlust and Gone. Both films missed out on the top 5, finishing in eight and ninth place respectively.
Here’s what the Top 5 looks like:
Act of Valor — $9 million
Good Deeds — $5.5 million
The Vow — $3.2 million
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island — $3.2 million
Safe House — $3.1 million