The Vow and Safe House continued to lead the way on the day after Valentine's Day.

'The Vow' and 'Safe House' Remain Strong on Wednesday

on February 16, 2012 by Daniel Garris
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Sony's The Vow topped the daily box office on Wednesday with $2.92 million. The romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum fell a sharp, but certainly understandable 75 percent from Tuesday's massive Valentine's Day performance. The modestly budgeted Screen Gems release has grossed a terrific $59.01 million in just six days of release. That places the film 64 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Dear John and 45 percent ahead of 2011's Just Go With It.

Safe House held steady in second place with $2.51 million. Universal's action thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds was down 59 percent from Tuesday's Valentine's Day performance. Safe House continues to exceed expectations with a strong six-day start of $51.71 million. Compared to previous Denzel Washington vehicles, Safe House is running 47 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Inside Man and 20 percent ahead of 2010's The Book of Eli.

Warner's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island grossed $0.97 million to remain in third. The 3D adventure sequels starring Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson fell 60 percent from Tuesday. Journey 2 continues to perform stronger than expected with a six-day start of $31.97 million. The film is currently running 25 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's The Game Plan and 11 percent ahead of 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

After experiencing Tuesday's poorest daily hold among wide releases, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace 3D experienced Wednesday's strongest daily hold by falling 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly, The Phantom Menace 3D wasn't a strong Valentine's Day choice. The film took fifth place on Wednesday with $0.66 million and has now grossed a respectable $25.16 million in six days. The lifetime domestic gross for The Phantom Menace now stands at $456.24 million.

Select location counts for the weekend of Feb. 17:

This Means War -- 3,189
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance -- 3,174
The Secret World of Arrietty -- 1,522
Bullhead -- 9
Undefeated -- 5

Journey 2 -- 3,500
Safe House -- 3,121
The Vow -- 2,958
The Phantom Menace 3D -- 2,655
The Woman in Black -- 2,559
Chronicle -- 2,556
The Grey -- 2,107
Big Miracle -- 1,618
The Descendants -- 1,243
Red Tails -- 1,009

The Artist -- 808
The Iron Lady -- 623
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close -- 577
Hugo - 558
War Horse -- 394
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy -- 184
My Week with Marilyn -- 120
Albert Nobbs -- 119
A Separation -- 54
Rampart -- 28
W.E. -- 20
In Darkness -- 14

Tags: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Safe House, The Vow
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