Two films in tug of war for No.1 spot

MUMBAI: In a relatively close race with the Rachel McAdams-Channing Tatum’s The Vow, the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds action film Safe House has grossed $ 24 million in the three-day weekend compared to $23.6 million grossed by the former.

Universal has estimated that Safe House will earn $28.5 million for the four-day holiday weekend, while Screen Gems and parent company Sony are estimating that The Vow will gross $27.4 million.

Both films fared well in their second weekends out doing new entires Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Fox‘s romantic action-comedy This Means War. While the inputs of Safe House fell 40 per cent that of The Vow declined 43 per cent.

Internationally, Safe House grossed $6 million from 35 markets in its second outing bringing its foreign income to $19.6 million and worldwide total to $97.9 million.

The Vow, co-produced and co-financed by Spyglass, has earned $85.5 million in its first five days domestically, becoming the highest-grossing Screen Gems title ever at the domestic box office. Overseas, the film grossed $6.8 million in its second weekend from 24 markets for an international cume of $22.8 million and worldwide total of $108.3 million.
Sony‘s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance grossed $22 million for the three-day weekend to take the No. 3 spot though the film is expected to post a four-day holiday gross of $25.5 million.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, receiving a tepid C+ CinemaScore, was fueled by males, who made up 61% of the audience. Moviegoers under the age of 25 made up 48 percent of the audience. Sony and Hyde Park Entertainment co-produced and co-financed the sequel, which cost $57 million to produce.

This Means War opened at No. 5 for the three-day weekend grossing an estimated $17.6 million. The romantic drama lost the No. 4 spot to Warner Bros. and New Line‘s sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island that grossed $20.1 million for the three-day weekend.

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