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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 aka Valentine’s Day. But the studio hasn’t seen the pic’s poor tracking pick up at all in recent days, while Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ The Vow is soaring in wannasee. So Fox has decided to get out of the way. In an unusual move this late in the game, the studio will sneak This Means War on Tuesday and then hope word of mouth spreads before its new release date of Friday, February 17th. I don’t get what the moviegoing public’s problem with this pic is: Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon are just as cool casting as Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams (though apparently not as box office) and the trailers have been engaging (though thrust into a lot of clutter) and the film didn’t look dumb (and that’s half the battle with this genre).

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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 couple of racy jokes by Chelsea Handler, and the film had its PG-13, which was vital to maximizing box office gross. The McG-directed film stars Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon.

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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 the appeal brought by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, the Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of This Means War from Ted Gagliano, President, Feature Post Production for Twentieth Century Fox. The Classification and Rating Administration was represented by Chairman Joan Graves.

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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 Means War may give it a chance to build momentum going into the weekend. The other wide releases Friday the 17th are Sony/Columbia’s Nic Cage comic-book sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and Disney’s animated import The Secret World Of Arrietty. It will also be the second weekend for Fox’s 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace.

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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 be the judge. Directed by McG, screenplay by Timothy Dowling and Simon Kinberg. Opens February 17.

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Hot Trailer: McG’s ‘This Means War’

By | Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 3:28pm PDT
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. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play the rivals, and Reese Witherspoon plays the woman in the middle. The film opens February 17, 2012.

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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 set by his Inception director Chris Nolan for a lead role in the next Batman film at Warner Bros. Insiders are keeping the role secret and won’t even say if he’s up for a villain role, but that seems a reasonable assumption. Hardy has followed up Inception with lead roles in the Tomas Alfredson-directed  adaptation of the John Le Carre novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and he’s currently starring with Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon in the McG-directed Fox comedy This Means War. CAA reps Hardy, who’s expected to return to Fury Road when it goes.

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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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