Universal's Safe House grossed $1.44 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds has now led the daily box office for five of the past six days. The film is expected to fall behind both Lionsgate's Good Deeds and Relativity's Act of Valor in the daily rankings beginning today. Safe House fell 2 percent from Wednesday and a respectable 44 percent from last Thursday. The film led the weekly box office with $32.43 million and has now grossed a stronger than expected $86.70 million through two weeks of release.
Sony's The Vow held steady in second place with $1.35 million. The romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum trailed Safe House by just $84,311 for the day. The Vow was up a healthy 7 percent over Wednesday, but still down 54 percent from last Thursday. The Vow finished in a close second for the week with $31.08 million. That places the two-week total for the film at a terrific $93.01 million; leaving The Vow just $6.99 million away from becoming the first release of 2012 to reach the $100 million domestic milestone.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island grossed $1.26 million to remain in third. The 3D adventure sequel starring Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson was up 5 percent over Wednesday and up a strong 10 percent over last Thursday. The film's midweek grosses were definitely helped out this week by some schools now being out for spring break. Journey 2 placed in a close third this week with $30.14 million. The film has grossed $63.26 million in 14 days of release and continues to perform especially well internationally.
Fox's This Means War was up 5 percent and one spot over Wednesday to claim fourth on Thursday with $1.08 million. The Reese Witherspoon vehicle grossed $23.46 million this week. That was good enough for fifth place for the frame and was on the higher end of pre-release expectations. When including preview grosses from Valentine's Day, This Means War has grossed $25.07 million to date.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was down 5 percent and one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.99 million. The sequel from Sony starring Nicolas Cage finished in fourth place for the week with an underwhelming $29.03 million. Spirit of Vengeance is currently running 51 percent behind the pace of 2007's Ghost Rider. The one saving grace for Spirit of Vengeance is that the film was produced for far less than Ghost Rider was.
The Secret World of Arrietty rounded out its first week of release with $0.44 million. That was good enough for eighth place for the day and places the one-week total for the Disney released Studio Ghibli animated film at a stronger than expected $10.16 million. Arrietty is currently running an impressive 78 percent ahead of the domestic pace of 2009's Ponyo.