Universal's Safe House led the way at the daily box office on Tuesday with $1.98 million. That placed the action thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds $159,611 head of Sony's The Vow for the day. The box office remained crowded together on Tuesday, as just $627,745 separated first place from fifth place (Fox's This Means War) yesterday. Safe House fell 49 percent from Monday, as the marketplace in general was understandably down significantly from Presidents Day. Safe House continues to exceed expectations with a twelve-day start of $83.79 million and is now just $16.21 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
The Vow placed in second with $1.82 million. Like Safe House, the romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum was also down 49 percent from Monday. The Vow has now grossed $90.39 million in twelve days, leaving it only $9.61 million away from becoming the first release of 2012 to reach the $100 million domestic milestone. The Vow is currently running 59 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Dear John and has already surpassed the $80.01 million final domestic gross of that film.
Warner's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island finished in a close third with $1.74 million. The 3D adventure sequel starring Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson fell 71 percent from Monday's holiday inflated performance. Compared to last Tuesday's Valentine's Day performance, Journey 2 was down just 27 percent. Journey 2 topped the $60 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $60.79 million in twelve days. The film is likely to hold up well again this coming weekend, before taking a hit from Universal's The Lorax the following weekend.
Sony's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance grossed $1.52 million to take fourth place. The superhero sequel starring Nicolas Cage fell 55 percent from Monday. Spirit of Vengeance has grossed an underwhelming $26.99 million through five days of release. That places the film 51 percent behind the pace of 2007's Ghost Rider, though it should be noted the Spirit of Vengeance was produced for significantly less than Ghost Rider was.
This Means War rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.35 million. The Reese Witherspoon vehicle was down 48 percent from Monday. This Means Wars has grossed $22.97 million to date, as it continues to run towards the higher end of pre-release expectations.