Record Weekend: The Vow Tops with $41.7M, Safe House Takes $39.3M


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

The box office slump is officially over as four movies earned more than $20 million this weekend at the domestic box office, something that has only ever happened on a holiday weekend. Overall revenue hit $190 million, which was 30 percent more than this weekend last year.

Topping the list was Screen Gems’ The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. The romantic drama earned $41.7 million from 2,958 theaters, averaging an impressive $14,097 per theater. Made for about $30 million, the film marks the best opening for the studio ever, surpassing Dear John‘s $30.5 million, which also starred Tatum. The Vow also opened in 20 markets overseas where it earned $9.7 million for a worldwide total of $51.4 million.

Opening in a close second was Universal’s Safe House. The action thriller, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, brought in $39.3 million from 3,119 theaters. Averaging $12,600 per location, the film was produced for $85 million. Safe House brought in an additional $10.2 million internationally and has a worldwide gross of $49.5 million so far.

Enjoying a big Saturday surge (94% over Friday’s earnings), New Line/Warner Bros.’ Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was able to jump to third place with $27.6 million from 3,470 theaters. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens, the family adventure cost $79 million to make. $3.8 million of “Journey 2’s” gross came from IMAX theaters. The film opened overseas two weeks ago and has grossed $74.7 million internationally for a worldwide total of $102.3 million.

Fox and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D came in at number four with $23 million from 2,655 theaters. The re-release added another $20.5 million internationally for a global debut of $43.5 million.

Fox’s Chronicle dropped 44.1% in ticket sales and rounded out the top five with $12.3 million. The $12 million “found footage” superhero movie has earned $40.2 million after two weeks.

CBS Films’ The Woman in Black also brought in $10.3 million in sixth place its second weekend for a total of $35.5 million.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.