Safe House Overtakes The Vow In Tight Race For Box Office Victory

By Katey Rich 2012-02-19 17:44:05discussion comments
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The first box office reports form this weekend made it look like The Vow would be reigning supreme for the second weekend in a row, but as it turns out, Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington had a few surprises up their sleeve. Though the race for #1 is still pretty tight, Deadline has called the top spot for Safe House, bringing in #23.9 million for the three-day weekend with The Vow right behind it at $23.6 million. With Monday being a holiday, the four-day total may turn out a little bit different, so nothing is yet set, but if these numbers hold they'll be a flip-flop of last weekend, which had The Vow at #1 and Safe House at #2.

The biggest story of all, though, is the terrible performance from both of the splashy new releases. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is currently coming in at #3 with $22 million, but even including the four-day holiday it will still open with just over half of what its predecessor made on opening weekend. And This Means War performed especially badly, coming in behind holdover Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to claim #5, with just $17.5 million for the three-day weekend. Even counting the Valentine's Day sneak peeks and the four-day total, it'll be yet another weak opening for star Reese Witherspoon (Water for Elephants performed similarly slowly, but at least it was a heavy drama), and the lowest opening for McG on an action film-- we'll give him a pass for We Are Marshall.

We'll have the final numbers for you tomorrow, but in the meantime, let us know if anything about this weekend's box office performances surprise you, and which of these films, new or old, you went out to see.
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