It didn’t reclaim the top spot this week, but even coming in fifth this week, The Vow became the first movie of 2012 to cross the $100 million mark. Safe House is poised to become the second film to top that mark – most likely before the end of the week.
This week’s number one movie was the Navy Seal action film, Act of Valor. In a different take on the action genre, the film starred active-duty Seals trying to thwart a terrorist attack. The movie made nearly $24.5 million in its first weekend. A handsome amount for film with a reported budget of just $12 million.
Tyler Perry saw his second worst opening ever, but Good Deeds was good enough to claim second place. This was a bit of a different film for Perry in that he was doing a more dramatic role, and he was wearing men’s clothes. The film made almost $15.6 million. While I doubt Perry will see any Madea type box office, this still isn’t bad for a February opening.
In it’s third week, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island moved back up a notch to third place. The family adventure film continues to rake in audiences. If it keeps up at this pace ($13.4 million), it has a very good shot at topping the original film.
As stated earlier, The Vow claimed fifth with $9.9 million, while Safe House nabbed the #4 spot with $10.9 million. The two movies are currently the #1 and #2 highest grossing films of the year.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’s box office went from bad to worse with the poorly reviewed film claiming only $9 million and the sixth place position in its second weekend. Chalk this up as another one of Cage’s many missteps.
I had hoped that good word of mouth would translate into a box office bump for This Means War, but audiences just don’t seem to be interested in this action/romantic comedy. The movie claimed the seventh spot and $8.4 million over the weekend.
It did, however, fare better than the other two new releases this week.
At #8 and #9 respectively, Wanderlust and Gone scraped into the top ten. The Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston comedy made $6.5 million and the Amanda Seyfried thriller eked out $4.7 million. This is one of Rudd and Aniston’s worst openings ever; it is also the lowest opening for Seyfried.
Filling out last place is the Japanese world-wide sensation The Secret World of Arrietty which made just $4.3 million, but it still had a higher screen average than any of the other films in the bottom half of the top ten.
Next week, we’ll see if Oscar buzz gives a boost to any of the winners. March also rings in with some of the year’s heavy hitters, so we’ll see if that gives the box office a boost.
All of the films in the top ten are playing at the Ames Cinemark Movies 12, with the exception of The Secret World of Arrietty. If you’d like to catch any of these films, Tuesday is a great day to do it as the Cinemark Movies 12 in Ames sells tickets all day for just $5.00.