Tight Race For #1: ‘Safe House’ $23.9M, ‘The Vow’ $23.6M, ‘Ghost Rider’ $22M, ‘Journey 2′ $20M, ‘This Means War’ $17.5M

By | Sunday February 19, 2012 @ 11:31am PST

Feb. 17-20 Weekend Actuals, Presidents’ Day Weekend

1. Safe House (Universal) Week 2 [3,121 Theaters] R
Friday $6.4M, Saturday $9.7M, Sunday $7.4M, Monday $3.9M
3-Day Weekend $23.6M, 4-Day Holiday $27.5M (-31%), Cume $81.8M

2. The Vow (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [2,958 Theaters] PG13
Friday $7.4M, Saturday $9.2M, Sunday $6.4M, Monday $3.6M
3-Day Weekend $23.1M, 4-Day Holiday $26.6M (-35%), Cume $88.6M

3.  Journey 2: Mysterious Island 3D (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,500 Theaters] PG
Friday $4.5M, Saturday $8.5M, Sunday $6.9M, Monday $6.1M
3-Day Weekend $19.8M, 4-Day Holiday $25.9M (-5%), Cume $59.1M

4. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance 3D (Sony) NEW [3,174 Theaters] PG13
Friday $6.9M, Saturday $8.7M, Sunday $6.5M, Monday $3.4M
3-Day Weekend $22.1M, 4-day Holiday $25.5M , Cume $25.5M

5. This Means War (Fox) NEW [3,189 Theaters] PG13
Tuesday Sneaks $1.6M, Friday $5.6M, Saturday $6.9M, Sunday $4.9M, Monday $2.6M
3-Day Weekend $17.4M, 4-Day Holiday $20.0M, Cume $21.6M

6. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D (LucasFilm/Fox) Week 2 [2,655 Theaters] PG
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3.4M, Sunday $2.7M, Monday $2M
3-Day Weekend $8M, 4-Day Holiday $9.9M (-56%), Cume $35.8M

7. Chronicle (Fox) Week 3 [2,556 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2M, Saturday $3.1M, Sunday $2.5M, Monday $1.5M
3-Day Weekend $7.6M, 4-Day Holiday $9.2M (-24%), Cume $52.6M

8. Secret World Of Arrietty (Studio Ghibli/Disney) NEW [1,522 Theaters] G
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.6M, Sunday $2.2M, Monday $2.2M
3-Day Weekend $6.4M, 4-Day Holiday $8.7M, Cume $8.7M

9. Woman In Black (CBS Films) Week 3 [2,559 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.7M, Sunday $2.0M, Monday $1.1M
3-Day Weekend $6.7M, 4-Day Holiday $7.8M (-23%), Cume $46.4M

10. The Grey (Open Road) Week 4 [2,107 Theaters] R
Friday $777K, Saturday $1.3M, Sunday $1M, Monday $575K
3-Day Weekend $3.1M, 4-Day Holiday $3.7M (-26%), Cume $48.6

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATEI think we need the U.S. electoral college to see who’s winning box office this Presidents Weekend. Rival studios are telling me that Universal’s Safe House is edging Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ The Vow for both the 3-day weekend and the 4-day holiday. (As a Sony exec emailed me Saturday night: I know they’re ahead $400K tonight. We had a $900K lead yesterday. I’d say close but we have good shot to win.”) Either way holdovers are beating all the new films and the North American box office is big. Here’s Top Ten (determined by 3-day weekend numbers):

1. Safe House (Universal) Week 3 [3,121 Theaters]
Friday $6.5M, Saturday $9.7M
3-Day Weekend $23.9M (40%), Est 4-Day Holiday $28.5M, Est Cume $82M

2. The Vow (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [2,958 Theaters]
Friday $7.4M, Saturday $9.2M,
3-Day Weekend $23.6M (-43%), Est 4-Day Holiday $27.4M, Est Cume $89M

3. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance 3D (Sony) NEW [3,174 Theaters]
Friday $7M, Saturday $8.7M
3-Day Weekend $22M, Est 4-day Holiday $25.5M

4.  Journey 2: Mysterious Island 3D (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,500 Theaters]
Friday $4.4M, Saturday $8.4M
3-Day Weekend $20M (-27%), Est 4-Day Holiday $25.7M, Est Cume $58.9M

5. This Means War (Fox) NEW [3,189 Theaters]
Tuesday Sneaks $1.6M, Friday $5.6M, Saturday $6.8M
3-Day Weekend $17.5M, Est 4-Day Holiday $20.7M, Est Cume $22.2M

6. Star Wars 3D (LucasFilm/Fox) Week 2 [2,655 Theaters]
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3.3M
3-Day Weekend $7.8M (-65%), Est 4-Day Holiday $9.2M, Est Cume $35.1M

7. Chronicle (Fox) Week 3 [2,556 Theaters]
Friday $2M, Saturday $3.1M
3-Day Weekend $7.5M, 4-Day Holiday $8.2M, Est Cume $51.8M

8. Woman In Black (CBS Films) Week 3 [2,559 Theaters]
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.7M
3-Day Weekend $6.6M, Est 4-Day Holiday $7.8M, Est Cume $46.5M

9. Secret World Of Arrietty (Studio Ghibli/Disney) NEW [1,522 Theaters]
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.5M
3-Day Weekend $6.3M, Est 4-Day Holiday $8.1M

10. The Grey (Open Road) Week 4 [2,107 Theaters]
Friday $785K, Saturday $1.3M
3-Day Weekend $3M, Est 4-Day Holiday $3.4M, Est Cume $48.3
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Fox Delays ‘This Means War’ Release

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 9:50am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is waving the white flag on what is supposed to be a worth-the-price-of-admission movie which in and of itself is a rarity these days. The studio was supposed to open its ‘romantic action comedy’ This Means War on Tuesday … Read More »

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‘This Means War’ Gets PG-13 Rating

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 12:06pm PST
Mike Fleming

20th Century Fox has gotten a PG-13 rating on This Means War, which gets released February 14. The MPAA announced in a press release that the romantic triangle action comedy got an R rating. Hours later, Fox removed a … Read More »

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MPAA Upholds R-Rating For Fox’s ‘This Means War’

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 1:22pm PST

LOS ANGELES — The Classification and Rating Appeals Board today upheld the R rating given to the movie This Means War. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie the R rating for “some sexual content.” In

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Fox Moves ‘This Means War’ To February 14

By | Wednesday January 18, 2012 @ 5:10pm PST

Fox is moving its comedy-action film This Means War up three days to open on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play CIA operatives and best buddies who discover they’re both courting Reese Witherspoon. Shifting This Read More »

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Hot International Trailer: ‘This Means War’

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 12:29am PST

Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play spies who discover they’re dating the same woman — Reese Witherspoon. The decide to go at each other rather like another 20th Century Fox pairing (we’ll let you guess which one) and “may the best man win.” Occasional hilarity and physical comedy ensue. You … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: McG’s ‘This Means War’

Mike Fleming

20th Century Fox has released a trailer for This Means War, the McG-directed comedy that pits the world’s deadliest CIA operatives and inseparable best friends against one another when they find they are dating the same woman. The operatives use all their skills and gadgetry in an attempt to prevail. … Read More »

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Tom Hardy Reunited With ‘Inception’ Helmer Chris Nolan On ‘Batman’

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 10:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Tom Hardy’s plan to play Mad Max in the George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road has hit another delay, the fast-rising Hardy’s in the mix for another big film at Warner Bros. I’m told that Hardy has been … Read More »

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Chelsea Handler Enlists In ‘This Means War’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler has landed a juicy role opposite Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine in This Means War, the McG-directed 20th Century Fox comedy. Handler will play the best friend and confidante of a woman (Witherspoon) who is lusted after by two best friends. The pals are CIA agents who wage an escalating war for her affection. Overbrook’s James Lassiter and Will Smith are producing with Robert Simonds and Simon Kinberg. This marks Handler’s second studio role, as she just completed the Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment CG-live action film Hop, which stars Russell Brand. Read More »

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