Sony's The Vow rounded out its first week in theatres with a first place take of $2.91 million on Thursday. That was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. The romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum has now led the daily box office for six of the past seven days. The Vow topped the $60 million mark yesterday and was the week's top film with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $61.93 million. That places The Vow 63 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Dear John and 46 percent ahead of last year's Just Go With It. Given its midweek strength, The Vow has a good chance of remaining at the top of the box office over the holiday weekend.
Safe House grossed $2.51 million to hold steady in second. Universal's action thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds was up 2 percent over Wednesday. With a seven-day start of $54.27 million, Safe House placed in second for the week and outpaced pre-release expectations in a big way in the process. Compared to previous Denzel Washington vehicles, Safe House is running 46 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Inside Man and 21 percent ahead of 2010's The Book of Eli.
Warner's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island grossed $1.14 million to remain in third. The 3D adventure sequels starring Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson was up a healthy 18 percent over Wednesday. That is a good sign for the film as it enters its second week of release. Journey 2 took third place for the week with $33.12 million, which arguably made it the week's biggest surprise. The film is currently running 6 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth and is extremely likely to hold up very well over the holiday weekend.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.72 million. The 3D re-issue of the 1999 blockbuster was up a solid 9 percent from Wednesday, but in general the film didn't hold up all that well throughout the week. The Phantom Menace 3D finished in fourth for the week with $25.87 million. That places the current lifetime domestic gross for The Phantom Menace at $456.96 million.