The bigger thing is that, with $32-35 million projected for the weekend, Dear John will score the biggest opening weekend ever for a pure romantic drama (Pearl Harbor was a action/war adventure as well as a romance). I was expecting Dear John to open well (it certainly was better marketed than From Paris With Love), perhaps even to the $25 million+ that it needed to dethrone Cameron's opus, but even I was shocked by the size of the number. Previous Nicolas Sparks adaptations (The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Message In a Bottle, A Walk to Remember) have opened between $12 million and $16 million over their entire weekends. Without question, Nicolas Sparks has become the first brand-name author since Michael Crichton's post-Jurassic Park heyday and Stephen King's post-Misery boom in the mid-90s. I'll be fascinated to see the tracking tomorrow, as we'll see how many females went to ogle Channing Tatum, how many males went with their significant others to covertly ogle Amanda Seyfried, and how many were sold on the Nicolas Sparks brand. But for now, congratulations Dear John, you're the new Lost in Space. Next stop: Trivial Pursuit immortality (and a bonus pie piece who can name the other connection between Lost in Space and Dear John).