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Safe House beats new competition at the box office

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, February 19, 2012

Three new major movie releases couldn't beat last week's top two films at the box office. This week it was Universal's Safe House, which stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, which swapped top spot with the Rachel McAdams/Channing Tatum romantic tearjerker The Vow.

Safe House moved up one spot with an estimated three day weekend gross of $24 million dollars. That would take the ten-day old action-thriller to a domestic total of $78.3m.

The Vow is right behind Safe House with an estimated gross of $23.6m. So far The Vow has earned $85.5m, a substantial amount for Screen Gems (and that will surely benefit the asking price of both stars for their next movie project.)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the first of the new entries in the top ten. The first sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider opened in the same weekend spot as its predecessor, but Spirit of Vengeance could only match half of the first film's opening weekend.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island fell one position to #4 with a respectible $20m in new ticket sales. It's ten day domestic total is now $53.2m. The first Journey movie (which starred Brendan Fraser) capped out its 2008 run with $101 million dollars domestic.

Fox's romantic spy comedy This Means War, starring Star Trek's Chris Pine, The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy and Water for Elephants' Renee Witherspoon, nabbed a $17.5m opening for itself. It's not a great showing for director McG who needs to prove himself after the weak $125m summer 2009 performance of Terminator Salvation. His days of having a hit film like the first Charlie's Angels are fast receeding in the rear-view mirror.

Taking a sizeable dip is the 3D version of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Dropping 65% from its gross last weekend, the retooled movie added $7.8m to boost its' rerelease gross up to $33.7m. The Phantom Menace has now surpassed the original Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope, as the highest-grossing Star Wars picture in the franchise (this includes all of the box office grosses from the original theatrical runs and subsequent rereleases.) The total box office for The Phantom Menace now stands at $464.8 million dollars versus A New Hope's $460.9m.

Chronicle is in #7 with $7.5m in new ticket sales (total: $50.9m); The Woman in Black is in #8 with $6.6m new, $45.2m total; and Disney's The Secret World of Arrietty opened with $6.4m. Liam Neeson and his wolf pack in The Grey are at #10 with $3.0m in new money for a total gross of $47.9m.

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