Saturday, February 6, 2010

Channing Tatum Wraps Up ‘Dear John’ Press Tour in NYC and Takes Theaters By Storm Across the Country

In case you missed it, Variety and tons of other news outlets are reporting that Channing Tatum's romantic drama 'Dear John' is now officially the first movie to take on Avatar and WIN!

Against all estimates, odds, rain, and what's being call "the storm of the century" in the North East, Chan's fans showed up in droves to the sold-out midnight screenings all over the country and packed theaters during the day to help the film reach $13.8 million on Friday. The movie is now projected to make over $30 million for the entire weekend, beating everyone's original estimates by leaps and bounds.

Regardless of the final weekend number, 'Dear John' has already set records. It's the highest Friday opening for Screen Gems and is also the highest opening for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. The last two Sparks films, 2008’s "Nights in Rodanthe" and "The Notebook," charted opening weekends just north of $13 million, which is what 'Dear John' made on Friday alone.

I couldn't be happier for Chan and everyone involved with the film. Their hard work is paying off and fans are loving the movie. This kind of success doesn't come easily and both Chan and his 'Dear John' co-star Amanda Seyfried have been working non-stop to promote the film across the country.

They just wrapped up the New York leg of their 'Dear John' press tour yesterday after stops in Fort Bragg, Charleston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, San Fransisco, and Los Angeles.

Below you can check out some of the new photos from fans and the media for this interview-packed stop that included appearances on Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and a fan Q&A with Amanda Seyfried at the Soho Apple Store. Enjoy!!!

Fans can also CLICK HERE to check out a ton more photos from New York City and HERE for pics from the entire 'Dear John' press tour in the CTU Photo Gallery.

Here's what one fan had to say about her fan encounter with Chan outside the Soho Apple Store appearance on Thursday...

"I went to see Channing Tatum at the Soho Apple Store for the Dear John Q&A. I actually got to meet him on his way in, he was generous enough to pose with fans and chat up a bit. The Q&A was not allowed to be recorded or anything, and will be available on itunes soon. Channing has such an amazing charm that made the Q&A so much more entertaining. I hope to meet him again soon enough! - Chelsea"

Chelsea also sent a couple of videos from that day. You all can watch videos of Chan and Amanda graciously signing autographs for all the fans both inside and outside the packed event...

As Chelsea said, fans were not able to record the Q&A, but I talked with Apple and they are planning on posting an enhanced podcast on iTunes with audio and photos from the event early next week. I'll let you all know when that's available for download.

You can also check out videos of Chan from his Fallon, Today Show, and Regis and Kelly appearances (both inside and outside) this past week below. Enjoy!!!

You can CLICK HERE to watch the entire show and see Chan's first segment with Jimmy.

Thanks to Chelsea for the great fan encounter and videos from the Soho Apple Store event!

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