In a rather interesting turn of events Safe House managed to take advantage of Ghost Rider‘s underwhelming debut and claim the number one spot, one that was barely lost a week ago against The Vow, now a close second. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was incredible in 3rd place with the smallest drop in the top 10 while This Means War performed as expected.
Safe House, last week’s number two, was first this time around with $27.5 million over the long 4-day weekend. That means the Denzel Washington flick has made $81.8 million in 11 days, just $1.5 million under American Gangsters at the same point in its run, that being the highest grossing movie for the actor. It won’t top that one, but it should still make around $120 million before it leaves theaters for good.
The Vow was second with $26.6 million, a great result that pushes the flick to $88.5 million after 11 days. That’s already more than Dear John ($80M) and The Notebook ($81M) made for their respective stars, Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The Vow is now also the biggest hit for Screen Gems and contrary to what I said last week, it should make it to $100 million before Safe House.
In 3rd place Journey 2: The Mysterious Island gathered an outstanding $25.9 million, which is absolutely insane and with $59 million after 11 days, I won’t be surprised if this ends up finishing its run ahead of both Safe House and The Vow. It’s definitely a stretch today but it might not be in a few weeks from now as long as the 3D Jules Verne inspired flick can keep this pace. But hey, if Journey to the Center of the World is any indication, then Journey 2: The Mysterious Island will most definitely finish north of $120 million in North America, maybe enough, maybe not.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a disappointing 4th with $25.4 million over the 4-day weekend, that’s less than half the $52 million of the original Ghost Rider back in 2007 without 3D. Now Sony is saying the movie only cost $57 million, so about half the $110 million spent on the original. Still, I see Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance falling like a rock in the coming weekends, even harder than the original. I doubt the film will end up matching its $57 million budget in North America before the end of its run (which will be very soon, so save your money for a DVD or Blue-Ray rental instead).
Rounding out the top 5 was This Means War, the spy comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy (Inception) and Chris Pine (Star Trek). The flick grossed a decent $20 million over the long 4-day weekend. That’s an above average opening for Reese Witherspoon and This Means War might end up with $50 million or so in North America.