‘The Vow’ Sets Mid-Week Valentine’s Day Record As Box Office Up Big, Big, Big

The studios are elated because box office numbers coming in this morning for Tuesday’s Valentine Day are above and beyond their wildest expectations. In particular, Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ romantic tearjerker The Vow made a whopping $11.6M for the biggest mid-week Valentine’s Day gross ever (beating the $7.5M for 2005′s Hitch on Valentine’s Day which fell on a Monday). That’s +251% from Monday’s take. Developed and produced by Spyglass Entertainment, The Vow‘s 5-day take is now $56.2M. Even Universal’s actioner Safe House made $6M, or +109% bigger than Monday’s, for a cume of $49.2M now. Betcha women wanted to see Denzel Washington. And Warner Bros’ Journey 2 also may seem like an odd choice for Valentine’s Day, unless you love The Rock like I do — but still came in with $2.4M, or +89% over Monday, for a cum of  $31M. CBS Films’ Woman in Black dack for a day with $1.7M, or +196% for a cume of $37.5. Fox’s Chronicle came in #5 with $1.4M, or +81% and cume of $42.1M. Not commenting on the ability of Star Wars fans to come up with dates, but Phantom Menace 3D dropped to #6 with $1.1M, up a hard-earned +22% from Monday and cume of $25.6M.

As you know, I reported exclusively last week that Fox waved the white flag on opening This Means War on Valentine’s Day as originally planned because the pic’s poor tracking hadn’t picked up. The studio sneaked it last night — one showing only in about 2,500 theaters across the country – with the hope that good word of mouth would spread before its new release date of this Friday. (Grosses will be included in Friday’s number.) The studio tells me that strategy may be working:

Last night we had an excellent Valentine’s Day sneak preview. This primetime show grossed in the neighborhood of $1.65M with hundreds of theatres reporting sellouts in markets big and small and some even adding shows. Our top theatre list includes theatres from LA, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Boston, New York, Seattle, and El Paso indicating a widely

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‘Safe House,’ ‘The Vow’ Make B.O. History With $40M+ Weekend Each

By | Monday February 13, 2012 @ 4:45pm PST

Weekend box office for Universal’s Safe House turned out to be $40.2 million when actual figures came in today. Three-day estimates from Sunday proved a tad conservative at $39.3 million. Along with the $41.2 million actuals Sony reported today for The Vow, that means two movies posted openings higher … Read More »

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RECORD-BREAKING WEEKEND! 4 Films Open $20+M: ‘The Vow’ $41M, ‘Safe House’ $39M; ‘Journey 2′ $27M, ‘Star Wars 3D’ $23M

Feb. 10-12 Weekend Actuals

1. The Vow (Screen Gems/Sony) NEW [2,958 Theaters] PG13
Friday $15.3M, Saturday $16.7M, Sunday $9.2M, Weekend $41.2M

2. Safe House (Universal) NEW [3,119 Theaters] R
Friday $13.6M, Saturday $16.3M, Sunday $10.2M, Weekend $40.2M

3. Journey 2: Mysterious Island 3D (Warner Bros) NEW [3,470 Theaters] PG
Friday $6.5M, Saturday $12.6M, Sunday, $8.2M, Weekend $27.3M

4. Star Wars Episode I – Phantom Menace 3D (LucasFilm/Fox)

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And In Other Film Deals…

Mike Fleming

Director Rodrigo Cortes has found his followup to Buried, attaching Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver to star in the psychological thriller Red Lights. Cortes wrote the script. I saw Buried at its premiere screening and thought Ryan Reynolds and Cortes pulled off quite a feat, but the film unfortunately seems … Read More »

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Screen Gems Makes ‘Vow’ With Spyglass

By | Wednesday July 21, 2010 @ 9:28am PDT
Mike Fleming

rachel mcadamschanning_tatumEXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems will co-finance with Spyglass and distribute The Vow, the Michael Sucsy-directed film that will star Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. The film is based on a true … Read More »

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