Weekend Box Office: Denzel Washington’s ‘Safe House’ Edges Out ‘The Vow’ & ‘Ghost Rider’

By BallerStatus News Staff  |  02/20/2012

Denzel in Safe HouseDespite a new Marvel flick, in the "Ghost Rider" sequel, it was Denzel Washington's "Safe House" that ruled the President's day holiday weekend box office with last week's #1 "The Vow" coming in at a close second.

In its second weekend, "Safe House" had a slim lead with a $24 million draw, putting it just ahead of Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum's "The Vow" to take the top spot.

The film, which stars Denzel as a rogue ex-CIA agent on the run after acquiring an invaluable file, took its domestic total to $78.3 million and became the nation's top film.

There is still one more day left for the holiday, but as of Sunday evening (February 19), it's "Safe House" leading the way.

"The Vow" came in #2 with $23.6 million over the past weekend, taking its total to $85.5 million.

Finally, the biggest film debut came at #3 with Nicolas Cage's sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, opening a close #3 with $22 million.

"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", starring The Rock, landed at #4 with just over $20 million.

After the top 4, Reese Witherspoon's love-triangle comedy "This Means War" debuted at #5 with $17.6 million. In it, the actress plays a woman who captures the hearts of two CIA agents (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy), the spy guys going from best pals to rivals as they pursue her.

The last new release this week is Disney's English-language version of the Japanese animated hit "The Secret World of Arrietty". It opened in narrower release and came in at #9 with $6.4 million. It's based on Mary Norton's children's novel The Borrowers, about tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a house, and features a voice cast that includes Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the military action flick "Act of Valor," the Amanda Seyfried thriller "Gone," "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds", and the Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston comedy "Wanderlust."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Safe House," $24 million.
2. "The Vow," $23.6 million.
3. "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," $22 million.
4. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $20.1 million.
5. "This Means War," $17.6 million.
6. "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" in 3-D, $7.9 million.
7. "Chronicle," $7.5 million.
8. "The Woman in Black," $6.6 million.
9. "The Secret World of Arrietty," $6.4 million.
10. "The Grey," $3 million.