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Weekend Box-Office: February 17-19, 2012

Feb. 19, 2012by: Dave Davis

Safe House locks out Ghost Rider!

As GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE burned rubber (and a head, and urine, and some dudes, and pretty much everything else) at theaters this weekend, last week's leaders were busy switching places at the top of the list.

The Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds R-rated action-thriller SAFE HOUSE sealed up the #1 slot with another $24M, bringing its two-week total to over $78M -- a few handsome hairs away from its $85M budget, but still a solid performer that will probably cross the $100M mark by the close of next weekend.

Romance was still in the air as the lingering Valentine's Day luvness brought more ladies out for THE VOW, which was close behind the gun-toting guys with $23.6M, and already an $85M total . Both movies extinguished the flaming face of Nic Cage, as his sequel GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE smoldered in third place with a $22M opening -- less than half of the original GHOST RIDER's $45M debut on this same weekend in 2007.

The critically reviled McG-directed action-romcom THIS MEANS WAR fizzled in fifth with $17.5M (after a Valentine's Day preview). The Fox project had been in the works for a decade or so, with actors like Martin Lawrence, Sam Worthington, Seth Rogen, Colin Farrell and Bradley Cooper attached or pursued for the leads before Chris Pine and Tom Hardy got conned into duking it out for the affections of Reese Witherspoon.

The week's other new release, the Disney-distributed Studio Ghibli animated film THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, barely got noticed in ninth place with $6.4M. The movie did seem under-promoted in the US, but it's already made $126M internationally.

Meanwhile, JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND had the smallest drop in business (26%) from last week, keeping the top 4 pretty tight as it added another $20M to its total. Hardly a smash but not a bad hold compared to the 40% drop of the top two and the 65% plunge of the 3D reissue of STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE, down in sixth with $7.8M and with CHRONICLE and THE WOMAN IN BLACK not far behind it. In the run-up to next week's Oscars, some of the contenders (HUGO, THE DESCENDANTS, THE ARTIST, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE) are still wrestling with each other on a few hundred screens outside the Top 10.

With President's Day on Monday and lots of school vacation all week, the box office should remain fairly strong for a few days. But perhaps due to fears of fighting all the Oscar attention, next week has some lower-profile releases hitting theaters, including TYLER PERRY'S GOOD DEEDS, the R-rated Rudd/Aniston comedy WANDERLUST, the Amanda Seyfried thriller GONE, and the purportedly realistic Navy SEALs movie ACT OF VALOR. What's your favorite performace by GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE star Nic Cage? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Safe House $24 M $78.3 M
2. The Vow $23.6 M $85.5 M
3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $22 M
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4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $20 M $53.2 M
5. This Means War $17.5 M $19.1 M
6. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (3D) $7.8 M $33.7 M
7. Chronicle $7.5 M $50.9 M
8. The Woman in Black $6.6 M $45.2 M
9. The Secret World of Arrietty $6.4 M
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10. The Grey $3 M $47.9 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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10:59PM on 02/20/2012
Anyone notice that the box office has been doing very well for itself in the last few weeks? Look at all of the top films over the last three weeks. None of the top money makers that have come out are in 3D. For once Hollywood is releasing a large amount of non 3D movies and audiences are coming back to the theater. All of the 3D movies have underperformed while all of the non 3D movies have exceeded expectations. I guarantee that Hollywood does not even see the connection.
Anyone notice that the box office has been doing very well for itself in the last few weeks? Look at all of the top films over the last three weeks. None of the top money makers that have come out are in 3D. For once Hollywood is releasing a large amount of non 3D movies and audiences are coming back to the theater. All of the 3D movies have underperformed while all of the non 3D movies have exceeded expectations. I guarantee that Hollywood does not even see the connection.
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12:06PM on 02/20/2012
Nice to see Denzel on top!
Nice to see Denzel on top!
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8:54AM on 02/20/2012
I actually liked Ghost Rider 2 despite all the negative reviews. Thought the action scenes were pretty kickass and the cgi was pretty stellar. It was pretty entertaining and I'd welcome an R-rated sequal.
I actually liked Ghost Rider 2 despite all the negative reviews. Thought the action scenes were pretty kickass and the cgi was pretty stellar. It was pretty entertaining and I'd welcome an R-rated sequal.
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4:44AM on 02/20/2012

DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS BELOW

There is a big spoiler in MovieMan2's opening line regarding one of top films. I highly recommend not reading below this.
There is a big spoiler in MovieMan2's opening line regarding one of top films. I highly recommend not reading below this.
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3:20PM on 02/20/2012
thanks man
thanks man
1:37AM on 02/20/2012
Sadly...This Means War will still make more money than fellow Tom Hardy vehicle...'Warrior.'

Seriously...why the fuck didn't anybody go to see Warrior? Are we guys really that afraid of crying in a theater?
Sadly...This Means War will still make more money than fellow Tom Hardy vehicle...'Warrior.'

Seriously...why the fuck didn't anybody go to see Warrior? Are we guys really that afraid of crying in a theater?
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9:52PM on 02/19/2012
I'm glad This Means War bombed..I can't stand McG.
I'm glad This Means War bombed..I can't stand McG.
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6:24PM on 02/19/2012

Saw "Safe House".

Best scene in the movie was Vera Fermiga's death. Finally, I've been waiting six years for that ugly bitch to get shot on screen.

Other than that, script was predictable and even Ryan Reynolds surprisingly outshined Denzel Washington in terms of acting. Final 45 minutes or so were good.
Best scene in the movie was Vera Fermiga's death. Finally, I've been waiting six years for that ugly bitch to get shot on screen.

Other than that, script was predictable and even Ryan Reynolds surprisingly outshined Denzel Washington in terms of acting. Final 45 minutes or so were good.
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7:49PM on 02/19/2012
Thanks for the spoiler, douchebag.
Thanks for the spoiler, douchebag.
8:52PM on 02/19/2012
Was it really necessary to post someone's death in a movie a lot of people havent seen yet? Asshole.
Was it really necessary to post someone's death in a movie a lot of people havent seen yet? Asshole.
10:41PM on 02/19/2012
What a spoiling little fucker you are!
What a spoiling little fucker you are!
12:08AM on 02/20/2012
well i guess when i go see it next weekend i'll know thats coming. you fucking prick. you should be banned.
well i guess when i go see it next weekend i'll know thats coming. you fucking prick. you should be banned.
1:29AM on 02/20/2012
NEG NEG NEG NEG! FUCK!
NEG NEG NEG NEG! FUCK!
4:41AM on 02/20/2012
Ban this fucking burning piece of shit. Safe House hasn't even been released in my country yet! Keep your bullshit over at the IMDB boards.
Ban this fucking burning piece of shit. Safe House hasn't even been released in my country yet! Keep your bullshit over at the IMDB boards.
5:17AM on 02/20/2012
Not condoning Movie Man2 here, but you guys are going on a MESSAGEBOARD here. You know exactly what you're getting yourselves into as far as spoilers go.
Not condoning Movie Man2 here, but you guys are going on a MESSAGEBOARD here. You know exactly what you're getting yourselves into as far as spoilers go.
9:23AM on 02/20/2012
Combine the spoiler with the nasty misogynistic context.
MovieMan2, you sir, are an asshole.
Combine the spoiler with the nasty misogynistic context.
MovieMan2, you sir, are an asshole.
5:16PM on 02/19/2012

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE burned rubber (and a head, and urine, and some dudes)

And don't forget to mention "another MASSIVE amount of comic book fans".

Many of whom were hoping for a GR [link] that would do justice to such a iconic bad-ass character.

SONY Pictures, Please, just give the property back to MARVEL & let them do it right!
And don't forget to mention "another MASSIVE amount of comic book fans".

Many of whom were hoping for a GR [link] that would do justice to such a iconic bad-ass character.

SONY Pictures, Please, just give the property back to MARVEL & let them do it right!
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4:51PM on 02/19/2012
Almost went to see Ghost Rider, but the bad reviews made me decide to skip it. Just like The Punisher, looks like this character can't get a film to do him Justice. Also, Denzel's a great actor but I can't remember the last really great film/role he's been in.
Almost went to see Ghost Rider, but the bad reviews made me decide to skip it. Just like The Punisher, looks like this character can't get a film to do him Justice. Also, Denzel's a great actor but I can't remember the last really great film/role he's been in.
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5:35PM on 02/19/2012
well there's been quite a few. John Q, American Gangsters, Book of Eli, Inside Man. My two favorite are Training Day, and Man on Fire.
well there's been quite a few. John Q, American Gangsters, Book of Eli, Inside Man. My two favorite are Training Day, and Man on Fire.
3:47PM on 02/19/2012

wow

strong attendance, compared to last year. give the boys some guns and the girls some fluff and they will come.
strong attendance, compared to last year. give the boys some guns and the girls some fluff and they will come.
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