The Vow, Safe House and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance battle for the weekend box office

Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in The Vow

Another weekend in 2012, another tight box office race.  Continuing with the strong showing last weekend, THE VOW looks like the movie to beat this weekend after taking in nearly $30 million, which is incredible for a movie in its second week this early in the year.  There were a few new movies this weekend as well, with Nicolas Cage returning in GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, which is hot on the heels of THE VOW, but will probably finish around $25 million for the four day holiday weekend, which puts it neck and neck with last week’s SAFE HOUSE.  To be fair, the top spot could end up going to either THE VOW, SAFE HOUSE or GHOST RIDER, at this point it all depends on how well the films do on Monday.  Although it featured two young Hollywood heartthrobs in Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, along with the always likeable Reese Witherspoon, THIS MEANS WAR underperformed as I (and most people) correctly predicted, barely able to crack $20 million.

Next week will see if the Navy commercial movie ACT OF VALOR will be able to find an audience and we’ll see how well Jennifer Aniston can sell a movie like WANDERLUST, which doesn’t seem to be getting much publicity lately.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1.The Vow $27.7m

2. Safe House $27.5m

3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $26.5m

4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $25m

5. This Means War $20.8m

6. Chronicle $10m

7. Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace 3D $10m

8. The Woman in Black $8m

9. The Secret World of Arrietty $8m

10. The Grey $3.7m

Source: Deadline

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

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