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By Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer The rom-com, as we sort of like to call the romantic comedies that have been flooding our theaters lately, has traditionally enjoyed a boost when coming out in time for Valentines Day. This year the box-office pundits are saying Fools Gold took the weekend despite terrible reviews (only 10 fresh tomatoes compared with 89 rotten ones on RottenTomatoes.com) because of its proximity to the holiday, and Definitely, Maybe, coming out on the 14th, is hoping to capitalize in the same way. But the trick of using Valentines Day to lure lovers (and loners) to the theaters isnt always successful. The total box-office take for Mr. Wrong (1996) was still a dismal $12.8 million, despite coming out just two days after the holiday. On the other hand, its possible Hitch (2005) made $179 million because it opened three days before. (Or maybe that was just the unstoppable Will Smith?) How did other romantic movies released in February fare? Heres our V-Day scorecard.
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