Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 19th, 2012

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Safe House takes the number one spot Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 19th, 2012

Just like last weekend, another close battle was waged at the box office, and this time Denzel Washington has come out on top. The Oscar winner’s latest foray into the action genre, Safe House should gross an estimated $24 million over the three days – giving it $78 million total. That’s a great number for the film, which will cross the $100 million mark and make it one of Washington’s highest grossing efforts. It’s even better news for co-star Ryan Reynolds, who needed to anchor a hit following the  one-two punch combo that was Green Lantern and The Change-Up.

Hit romantic drama The Vow is also continuing to do well, grossing another $23.6 million and upping its cume to $85.5 million, a great gross for the $30 million film.

Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 19th, 2012

Third place belongs to Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, which has grossed $22.3 from Friday to Monday. The comic book sequel has scored around half of what its predecessor did in 2007. That film opened to $45 million, on its way to almost $116 domestic and over $228 million worldwide – despite terrible reviews. This sequel has also suffered the wrath of the critics (read our review) and it should fall hard next week, but it will be profitable considering its relatively low budget ($57 million).

Cage has been having a rough time at the box office of late, with his last release, Joel Schumacher’s Trespass getting released in just ten theatres and grossing $24,000. His last wide release was Drive Angry, which opened to just $5 million, on its way to just over $10 million. In fact, the closest thing that the Oscar winner has had to a hit in the last few years is Knowing, which grossed $79 million.

Dwayne Johnson’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island also held up well, and it should score $20 million for a total of $53 million. The family sequel has already grossed over $130 million worldwide.

McG’s This Means War was shunted from its Valentine’s release in an attempt to avoid bad tracking, mediocre reviews (read ours) and The Vow. It wasn’t as successful as filmmakers would have hoped grossing just $17.5million over the weekend – not good when it stars Reese Witherspoon, who is bankable in the genre and when it co-stars up and comers Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace scored another $7.8 million and brought its re-release gross to $33 million. That gives the George Lucas directed film a domestic gross of $464 million since it was first released in 1999, making it the highest grossing installment in the science fiction saga.

Low budget hit Chronicle banked another $7.5 million and upped its gross to $50 million. So far the $12 million film has brought in around $80 million worldwide.

The Woman in Black grossed a further $6.6 million for a cumulative gross of $45 million. The Daniel Radcliffe horror film is holding up well, and it’s a solid hit for the Harry Potter star.

The Secret World Of Arrietty was a surprise entry in the top ten, grossing  $6.4 million. This is the highest debut for a Studio Ghibli film, which was released by Disney.

Liam Neeson’s The Grey rounded out the top ten after grossing $3 million. The action drama has now grossed $47 million, for a worldwide take of around $60 million.

Outside the top ten The Descendants became Alexander Payne’s highest grossing film, having amassed over $73 million domestically and over $132 million worldwide. The dramedy is star George Clooney’s seventh highest grosser behind 2009’s Up In the Air which accumulated over $83 million at the domestic box office.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. So is this good or bad news for Ghost Rider fans who wannna see the rights revert back to marvel?

  2. I just don’t get what Nick Cage is doing with his career. His role in “Leaving Las Vegas” demonstrated his talent as an actor, but all he’s done for the past decade is make these stupid movies for adolescents.

    Maybe he needs a new agent.

  3. You guys need to get a life and stop complaining about these films! Ghost Rider 2 wasn’t great, but I enjoyed certain elements about it. I missed the hell cycle from the first film, but I enjoyed the storyline better than the first. If you didn’t like seeing ghost rider fighting on the hood of a speeding vehicle and telling the devil, “Go home” as he slammed him into the ground, then why do you watch these types of films? Stop expecting Ghost Rider to be shakespeare and enjoy it for what it is or don’t!

    • You enjoyed the storyline more ? I’m shocked to hear someone actually thought this film had a storyline.

      No one is epecting shakespere just a film that isn’t bad. We deserve that at leas. There is a middle ground between absolute crap and shakespere.

    • Ok, Ghost Rider gets knocked out and put in the hospital by a M203 round but then is able to take multiple Javelin rounds? And at no time does any villain in the film actually pose a threat. And why try to completely ignore the first film with Mephisto, it isn’t like they actually improved anything from the first to the second. They get rid of the Pennance Stare for “Blade” rip-off vampire explosions? And the jerky, stupid face shots were ridiculous. The only thing they did improve was that Cage wasn’t addicted to Skittles in this one. I am glad I only wasted $5 on a gift card on this, the only reason I went to see it was because of football withdrawal boredom.

    • “You guys need to get a life and stop complaining about these films!”
      What an arrogant statement.
      No one’s complaining… they’re criticizing.

      What YOU’RE doing is complaining.

  4. didn’t really like safe house, it bordered on cliché CIA thriller and plain boring. the only good thing it that movie was acting done by reynolds and denzo, everything else sucked.

    the grey was similar, the only decent thing was neeson’s acting and the ending, the movie was almost entirely fake in terms of survival and the supporting cast sucked. that being said if you go to watch the movie expecting it to be a survival thriller, you’re gonna be upset (like me originally) you have to view from a spiritual stand point:

    - it’s more of a spiritual journey for the main character not a survival movie
    - snowy terrain represents his mind
    - the survivors represent emotional traits that neeson had/had
    - the wolves represent death/pain.

    watch it with those pointers in mind and the movie will be epic.

  5. Lets start this with I’m a Nic Cage fan, all the way back to Raising Arizona and Peggy Sue Got Married. I think he had his decade of greatness in the 90′s with Kiss of Death, Trapped in Paradise, The Rock, Con Air, and my favorite Face/Off. He’s still putting out a few great films in Kick-Ass, Lord of War, and World Trade Center. I think he just loves to work and act so he takes on too much and has too much fun with it when not working with a great cast or great director to really get to the meat of his character, plus the storylines have been fairly weak. I would like to see him pull out some more comedies like The Weather Man, Matchstick Men, The Family Man. Maybe a nice family comedy series would do him some good…

  6. Ghost rider was ok, I really think they need to get a younger actor though.

  7. Rick Ross is MTV’s Hottest MC

    • what does that have to do with anything in here? and who cares about mtv anymore? i would be embarrassed to have my name associated w/them anymore. they took the word “music” out of their logo because it now stands for “mindless”

      • Good one.

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  8. I think Edward Furlong should be Johnny Blaze. Yeah, that’s right. And what

    • Haven’t seen it yet but what about Jensen Ackles as Danny ketch and they actually use the blue flame design for him?

    • when was the last time you saw edward furlong ??? T2 ? American history X ? the guy is a smoking head with tired weasel eyes and is out of shape….
      he’s a secund rate henchmen at best (green hornet)

  9. Great to see Denzel still has the star power to generate box office. Right now he’s probably just below Downey Jnr, Depp and Sandler in terms of bankability – but of course has greater acting prowess.

    Nicholas Cage’s career has been on the wane for the best part of 7-8 years. He is of course talented and can be very watchable – Bad Lieutenant New Orleans for example was only tolerable because he was in it. Once the biggest starts of the 90s he just chooses poor scripts and due to his recent financial worries he willing to star in almost anything for that pay check.

  10. GR2 was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. And I grew up reading the comic as a kid in the 80′s so I would think I had a little more tolerance for both movies just because I was biased. But alas, this abomination was almost unwatchable and Nic Cage needs to move on and please let this franchise die in peace.

    The plot was terrible, the action was slow and ineffective. The dialogue was brutal.

    I’ll still stop and watch the first one for a few minutes when it’s on TV – I’ll never watch this thing again. Ugh.

  11. So how do I recover the information that
    just got erased?