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Vow, Safe House on fire at the box office

By John Hamann

February 12, 2012

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Eighth place goes to Big Miracle, the whale rescue movie that features Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski and is in its second weekend at the box office. The family pleaser earned $3.9 million and was off a pretty steep 50%, showing that the more exciting family fare that entered the market this weekend had an impact. So far, Big Miracle has earned $13.2 million at the box office.

The Decendants holds on to a top ten spot as it comes up in ninth place. The George Clooney drama earned $3.5 million and dropped 23%, and also managed to pass newer films like Underworld: Awakening, One For the Money, and Red Tails. The Alexander Payne release has now earned $70.7 million.




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Tenth is Underworld: Awakenings, as the Kate Beckinsale release falls from fifth last weekend. The fourth film of the series earned $2.5 million and dropped 55%. The $70 million release has earned $58.9 million domestically, and $54 million overseas.

Overall, the box office is super hot. The top 12 films managed to earn a combined $173.8 million, a number usually reserved for the summer months. A year ago, the top 12 brought in $134.8 million. Next weekend brings a couple of interesting films to theaters - This Means War with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, and Nic Cage returning as Ghost Rider in Spirit of Vengeance.


Top Weekend Box Office for 2/10/12-2/12/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Vow SONY $41,700,000 New $41,700,000
2 Safe House Universal $39,330,590 New $39,330,590
3 Journey 2: the Mysterious Island WARNER BROS. $27,563,000 New $27,563,000
4 Star Wars: Episode 10 the Phantom Menace 3d Fox $23,000,000 New $23,000,000
5 Chronicle Fox $12,300,000 - 44% $40,167,267
6 The Woman In Black Cbs Films $10,300,000 - 51% $35,455,487
7 The Grey Open Road Films $5,080,000 - 45% $42,822,264
8 Big Miracle Universal $3,860,730 - 50% $13,196,665
9 The Descendants Fox Searchlight $3,500,000 - 23% $70,729,613
10 Underworld: Awakening SONY $2,500,000 - 55% $58,900,000
11 Red Tails Twentieth Century Fox $2,400,000 - 49% $45,063,386
12 One for the Money Lionsgate $2,300,000 - 56% $23,678,705
  Also Opening/Notables
  Rampart $65,109 New $65,109
  In Darkness Sony Classics $27,563 New $27,563
  Chico & Rita G Kids $22,500 New $22,500
  W.E. The Weinstein Company $59,660 + 27% $121,807
  Man on a Ledge Summit Entertainment $1,325,000 - 70% $17,495,210
  Contraband Universal $1,237,745 - 64% $64,621,230
  The Iron Lady The Weinstein Company $1,129,000 - 41% $22,770,295
  Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close WARNER BROS. $1,505,000 - 60% $29,439,000
  The Artist The Weinstein Company $2,286,000 - 13% $24,047,786
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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