History tells us hearts-and-flowers films like “The Vow” and “Hitch” can carry the Valentine’s Day box office, but so can movies about monsters, murderers and Marvel superheroes.
10.) "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief": This young adult novel adaptation grossed over $31.2 million its first weekend in theaters when it was released Feb. 12, 2010.
9) "The Wolfman": This 2010 release raked in over $31.4 million when it was released two days before Valentine's Day.
8.) "50 First Dates": Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore charmed audiences into handing over $39.8 million when this rom-com hit theaters the day before V-Day on 2004.
7.) "Safe House": Was it the promise of Ryan Reynolds-flavored eye candy for the ladies and action for the fellas that helped this 2012 release rake in over $40.1 million when it hit theaters the weekend before the biggest date night of the year?
6.) "Daredevil": This poorly-reviewed superhero movie, starring Ben Affleck, was the biggest Valentine's Day opening, to date, with a $40.3 million weekend that began on Feb. 14 in 2003.
5.) "Friday the 13th": This bloody remake accumulated over $40.5 million when it was released Valentine's Day weekend in 2009.
4.) "The Vow": This romantic drama, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, connected with women and their dates when it was released a few days before V-Day in 2012, scoring a total of $41.2 million its first weekend.
3.) "Hitch": Will Smith romanced Eva Mendes, and the box office, when this rom-com made $43.1 after opening days before Valentine's Day in 2005.
2.) "Ghost Rider": Any ladies out there remember being dragged to the theaters to see this Marvel superhero adaptation starring Nicolas Cage? If so, you helped it secure the 5th biggest February opening of all time after it grossed almost $45.4, thanks to lovers who couldn't celebrate V-Day until the weekend.
1.) "Valentine's Day": Of course couples rushed out to see this rom-com ensemble about couples celebrating love's biggest day in Los Angeles. The Garry Marshall movie grossed over $56.2 its first weekend after being released on Feb. 12 in 2010.