Despite being a four day weekend in the US, it wasn’t a good time for new releases, although last week’s overperformers continued to impress. The top two movies swapped place compared to last weekend, with Safe House pipping The Vow to the post over the Presidents Day weekend.
The Ryan Reynolds & Denzel Washington movie took another $28.4 million from Friday to Sunday to top the chart, just outperforming The Vow, which grossed $26.6 million. The top new entry was Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, which only reached fourth spot on the chart with $25.7 million. It’s less than half what the first Ghost Rider movie made on its first weekend and is likely the result of some truly abysmal reviews.
This Means War also battled bad press and ended up in fifth spot with $20.4 million. It’s definitely a disappointing start for a movie with three hot young actors and a huge marketing push, but fairly well in line with the likes of other action/rom-coms like The Tourist, Knight & Day and Killers.
The final new entry in the top 10 was The Secret World Of Arrietty, the Studio Ghibli movie released in the UK last year simply as Arrietty. Despite not being the studio’s most acclaimed title, it more than doubles the best previous opening for a Ghibli movie, suggesting the studio is finally finding traction in the US, as it’s already done elsewhere in the world.
Take a look below for the top 10 for Presidents Day weekend, February 17th-20th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|3||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||$26.4||$59.5|
|4||Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance||$25.7||$25.7|
|5||This Means War||$20.4||$22.0|
|6||Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D||$10.1||$36.0|
|8||The Secret World Of Arrietty||$8.1||$8.1|
|9||The Woman In Black||$7.9||$46.5|