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YOUR OSCAR WEAKEND BOX OFFICE: With a cast of real-life Navy SEALS, Act of Valor vanquished all comers this weekend, including three other debuts, the closest being #2 Good Deeds, Tyler Perry's latest, while Universal’s Jennifer Aniston-starring, Judd Apatow-directed Wanderlust finished at #8 with an anemic $6.6m, a slot ahead of another DOA release, Summit’s Gone, a kidnapping thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, with $5m. The more interesting competition on this particular weekend pitted films in limited release, i.e., showing in fewer than 1,000 theaters, topped by three Oscar Best Picture nominees.

1. Act of Valor , Relativity, $24.7m, 3,039 screens/$8,128 avg., first wk.
2. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, Lionsgate, $16m, 2,132 screens/$7,505 avg., first wk.
3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, WB $13.475m (-32.1%), 3,350 screens/$4,022 avg., third wk.
4. Safe House, Universal, $11.4m (-51.8%), 3,052 screens/$3,735 avg., third wk.
5. The Vow, Screen Gems, $10m (-56.6%), 3,038 screens/$3,292 avg., third wk.

1. The Artist, Weinstein, $3m (+23.4%), 966 screens/$3,106 ave., 14th wk.
2. The Descendants, Fox Searchlight, $2.2m (-25%), 889 screens/$2,475 ave., 15th wk.
3. Hugo, Paramount, $1.57m (-5.2%), 501 screens/$3,134 ave., 14th wk.
Total gross for The Artist, $31.87m; The Descendants, $78.53m; Hugo, $69.41m. (2/27a)