After debuting with a spectacular $41.3 million last weekend and earning a record $11.6 million on Valentine’s Day, The Vow is headed for another weekend date with the Denzel Washington-thriller Safe House atop the box office. The romantic drama, which stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, made an estimated $23.6 million from Friday to Sunday and is showing strong legs despite a lowly 29% Rotten Tomatoes score. The Screen Gems blockbuster is already at $85.5 million through 10 days and is on track to become the first $100 million release of the year by next weekend.
Sharing the top spot is another holdover, the Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds spy thriller Safe House which may actually take the nominal #1 spot once studios release the actual numbers on Tuesday. The movie took in an estimated $23.96 million for the 3-day frame. The Universal pic has now claimed $78.3 million in 10 days, a strong showing for a studio who was reeling from a weak 2011 slate.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island claimed an estimated $20.1 million, good for fourth place. The Warner Brothers movie is holding strong (-26%) and could potentially move ahead of Ghost Rider over the 4-day President’s Day weekend due to the lack of family friendly alternatives.
Meanwhile, with $22 million, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance began in-line with Sony’s box office expectations but word-of-mouth is mediocre as shown by the “C+” CinemaScore for the sequel. Combined with the dismal 16% Rotten Tomatoes score, it’s likely that we have seen the last of the comic book character for a while. It’s surprising that Nicolas Cage continues to headline movies given that his last $100 million movie was National Treasure: Book of Secrets all the way back in 2007.
Rounding out the top 5 is Fox’s $65 million romcom/action hybrid This Means War which got off to a decent $17.55 million start after all. The studio was projecting a lowly $14 million after delaying the release of the Reese Witherspoon-Tom Hardy-Chris Pine vehicle due to the strength of The Vow . The movie may benefit from positive word-of-mouth as shown by the “A-” CinemaScore although the Flixster Approval Rating is an unimpressive 70%.
Overall, this weekend is outperforming the same period last year by 11.3%.
Weekend Box Office
|1. Iron Man 3||$72.5M|
|2. The Great Gatsby||$51.1M|
|3. Pain and Gain||$5.0M|
|4. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples||$4.5M|
|7. The Croods||$3.6M|
|8. The Big Wedding||$2.5M|
|10. Oz The Great and Powerful||$0.8M|