Weekend Box Office: Denzel & Ryan are Safe


I hope you had a great President’s Day weekend. TV says that its tradition to buy a new car for President’s Day so… what did you get? Not wanting to go against tradition, I purchased a new horse to make getting around Skyrim a little easier.

It looks like a lot of people drove their new cars and horses to the movie theater over the four-day weekend because box office receipts were up 10% from the same weekend last year. Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, took the #1 spot with an estimated $28.4 million for the four-day weekend. The movie has earned $82.6 million since opening and currently stands as Denzel Washington’s second highest grossing movie. American Gangster is his #1.

A movie that I’ve never heard of, The Vow, took second place over the weekend with an estimated $26.6 million. The box office failed to light up for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The sequel took in a disappointing $25.7 million in it’s opening weekend, which is less than half the four-day take of the original Ghost Rider on the same weekend in 2007. On the bright side, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, continues to do well and took in another $26.4 million landing in the #4 position.

Here is the top ten for the weekend of February 17 – 19, 2012:

1. Safe House ($23,800,000)
2. The Vow ($23,100,000)
3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ($22,100,000)
4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($19,920,000)
5. This Means War ($17,385,000)
6. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (in 3D) ($8,000,000)
7. Chronicle (2012) ($7,625,000)
8. The Woman in Black ($6,710,000)
9. The Secret World of Arrietty ($6,457,000)
10. The Grey ($3,142,000)

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