The Vow with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, and Safe House with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, led a supercharged box office on Friday worthy of the record books.
Beating all expectations, The Vow hauled in $15.4 million on its opening day as the go-to love story just prior to Valentine’s Day. The opening is north of the $14.5 million Valentine’s Day attracted, as well as Tatum’s last V-Day opener, Dear John, which pulled in $13.76 million in its first 24 hours. On its current pace, The Vow should close the weekend at $40 million or higher.
Safe House played above expectations as well with $13.8 million on Friday, all but guaranteeing the action flick will hit the $30 million mark through Sunday. It’s a much-needed hit for both Washington and Reynolds, whose most recent efforts Unstoppable and Green Lantern came up short in ticket sales, respectively.
George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace had to settle for third, but did so in style. With $8.7 million already in the bag, the return of Darth Maul and Jar Jar Binks to theaters should wrap its opening weekend at $20 million or higher. Attack of the Clones arriving in 3D next February should now be all but a done deal.
The final newcomer, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, took fourth with $6.57 million. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, it’s just behind the $6.5 million pace set by the first film in the franchise, Journey to the Center of the Earth. The film will flirt with $20 million by the weekend’s close.
In total, Friday brought in $55 million in box office business, the most ever for a Friday in February in the history of tracking box office receipts.
Stop back tomorrow to see if four films finished the weekend above $20 million, a feat that hasn’t happened since late 2008.