This Saturday, February 11 is expected to be a big night for couples to celebrate Valentine's Day, which lands on a Tuesday next week, and the film fare ranges from romantic to thrilling.
Restaurants expect a spike in reservations on February 14 as well as Saturday, February 11, according to the National Restaurant Association, which estimates 70 million Americans will dine out on or around Valentine's Day.
To accompany the romantic night out, Hollywood has scheduled The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris) and Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe), for this weekend. The romantic drama centers on a man who must win back his wife's love after she is struck with amnesia.
A romantic action comedy, This Means War, was originally set to play this weekend also, but to avoid competition with The Vow, the film's release was pushed back. In cities around the world, it will now show on February 14 as a sneak preview.
Starring Reese Witherspoon with Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (Inception), the story follows two CIA operatives who battle for the affection of the same woman.
The Vow and This Means War will not only be up against each other, the films will compete with the action thriller Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and about a rogue operative, which releases this week in more than a dozen territories including in Australia, Russia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
But the big action-packed thriller this weekend is the re-release of Star Wars in 3D. Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D, which opens in twice as many cinemas worldwide, is intended to reach a new generation as well as older original fans.
The classic 1999 Star Wars prequel, directed by George Lucas, stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman. Not exactly romantic, but it could win the box office worldwide.