Box Office Results for February 17, 2012

This weekend, the Presidents Day holiday frame is bringing out a large amount of business to multiplexes with three films fighting for the lead.

According to three-day Friday-to-Sunday estimates, Denzel Washington‘s action thriller Safe House led the weekend by a narrow margin over the Channing TatumRachel McAdams romance The VowUniversal and Relativity‘s CIA pic grossed an estimated $24M thanks to a 40% decline while Screen Gems and Spyglass‘ love story dipped by 43% to an estimated $23.6M.  With a mere $400,000 separating the two films based on three-day estimates, plus Monday’s Presidents Day holiday adding more cash to the totals, either film could pull off the victory over the long weekend.

Regardless of which hit claims bragging rights, both held up very well and are well on their way to nine-digit territory.  Ten-day totals stand at $78.2M for Safe House and $85.5M for The Vow and each averaged between $7,500 and $8,000.  This will be the first time a holdover rules Presidents Day weekend since 2005’s Hitch.

Leading the weekend’s new releases was the Nicolas Cage sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which landed in third place with an estimated $22M for Columbia, Hyde Park, and Marvel, averaging $6,931 from 3,174 theaters.

Posting the lowest decline in the top ten was the effects-driven adventure sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which slipped only 27% to an estimated $20.1M.  The New Line and Walden franchise film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has banked an impressive $53.2M in its first ten days and could end up beating the $101.7M of its 2008 predecessor Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was headlined by Brendan Fraser.

Opening in fifth place was the romantic action-comedy This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy with an estimated $17.6M.  The 20th Century Fox release about a pair of CIA studs using their agency tricks to compete for the same woman averaged $5,503 from 3,189 theaters.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D fell a sharp 65% in its second weekend to an estimated $7.9M for a ten-day total of $33.7M.  In lifetime box office terms, that allowed the sci-fi tale to surpass the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope for the number four spot on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters.

The sci-fi pic Chronicle slipped only 38% to an estimated $7.5M for a $51M cume for 20th Century Fox.  The supernatural thriller The Woman in Black grossed an estimated $6.6M, off just 34%, for a $45.3M total for CBS and Cross Creek.

Close behind in ninth with an estimated $6.4M was the Studio Ghibli animated film The Secret World of Arrietty, which debuted in 1,522 locations for a mild $4,189 average for distributor Walt Disney.  Rounding out the top ten was Liam Neeson‘s The Grey with an estimated $3M, down 40%, and a cume to date of $47.9M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $138.6M over the three-day portion of the holiday weekend, which was up 10% from last year’s holiday when Warner Bros. Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment‘s Unknown opened in the top spot with $21.9M; but down 24% from 2010’s holiday when New Line Cinema’s Valentine’s Day debuted at number one with $56.3M.  However, in 2010, this weekend was not Presidents Day weekend, with Paramount PicturesShutter Island debuting at $41.1M.

February 17, 2012 to February 19, 2012 Top Ten



1.   Safe House

  • $24,000,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media

2.   The Vow

3.   Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

4.   Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

5.   This Means War

6.   Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D

  • $7,900,000
  • a 20th Century Fox release (Fox Entertainment Group)
  • Lucasfilm Ltd.

7.   Chronicle

  • $7,500,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

8.   The Woman in Black

9.   The Secret World of Arrietty

  • $6,400,000
  • a Walt Disney release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Studio Ghibli

10. The Grey


February 18, 2011 to February 20, 2011 Top Ten



1.   Unknown

  • $21,770,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Dark Castle Entertainment (Silver Pictures)

2.   I Am Number Four

3.   Gnomeo & Juliet

  • $19,400,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Rocket Pictures

4.   Just Go With It

5.   Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

6.   Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

7.   The King’s Speech

8.   The Roommate

  • $4,100,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

9.   The Eagle

10. No Strings Attached

  • $3,120,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group), Cold Spring Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment


February 19, 2010 to February 21, 2010 Top Ten



1.   Shutter Island

  • $41,062,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

2.   Valentine’s Day

  • $16,665,000
  • New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

3.   Avatar

  • $16,241,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

4.   Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

5.   The Wolfman

  • $9,895,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media

6.   Dear John

  • $7,131,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Relativity Media

7.   Tooth Fairy

  • $4,354,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group) and Walden Media

8.   Crazy Heart

9.   From Paris With Love

10. Edge of Darkness

  • $ 2,243,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

~ by Matt Whitfield on February 24, 2012.

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