Safe House rises to the top as the newbies struggle at the Box Office

Over the four day Presidents Weekend Holiday, audiences declared their love for violence and Denzel Washington as his action thriller, Safe House costarring Ryan Reynolds, rose a notch to the top of the box office. It took in another $28 million for a two week take of $82 million. That’s good news for the expensive film (a reported $85 million production budget and that’s before marketing costs) which now looks like it can turn a little profit…. Definitely turning a profit is last week’s chart topper, The Vow, which cost only $30 million and has now amassed $ 88 million. Both films (and Journey 2) beat the three newcomers as Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider sequel landed an ok $25.7 million while the Reese Witherspoon/Tom Hardy/Chris Pine action comedy This Means War opened to just $22 million. We’ll see if either can turn a profit depending onhow they hold up in the weeks ahead. The final new entry was the Oscar nominated Japanese animated feature The Secret World of Arriety which opened to a paltry $ 8 million. Luckily it has made a ton outside the U.S…. For more on these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 2 Safe House Uni. $28,400,000 -29.3% 3,121 +2 $9,100 $82,600,000 $85 2
2 1 The Vow SGem $26,600,000 -35.4% 2,958 – $8,993 $88,527,000 $30 2
3 3 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB $26,400,000 -3.4% 3,500 +30 $7,543 $59,516,000 $79 2
4 N Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Sony $25,700,000 – 3,174 – $8,097 $25,700,000 $57 1
5 N This Means War Fox $20,400,000 – 3,189 – $6,397 $22,010,000 $65 1
6 4 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (in 3D) Fox $10,150,000 -54.8% 2,655 – $3,823 $36,023,000 – 2
7 5 Chronicle (2012) Fox $9,200,000 -23.9% 2,556 -352 $3,599 $52,679,000 $12 3
8 N The Secret World of Arrietty BV $8,102,000 – 1,522 – $5,323 $8,102,000 – 1
9 6 The Woman in Black CBS $7,920,000 -21.6% 2,559 -297 $3,095 $46,530,000 – 3
10 7 The Grey ORF $3,768,000 -25.3% 2,107 -694 $1,788 $48,661,000 $25 4

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