This weekend was big for new releases. Here are the movies audiences loved best.
The Vow was the weekend’s big winner, earning $41.7 million (the biggest opening of the year so far). The romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum is the story of a young woman who forgets her husband after a devastating car accident affects her memory. Refusing to let go, the husband vows to win back his wife’s love, no matter what it takes. Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, and Jessica Lange also star in The Vow.
Safe House placed second at the box office, earning $39.3 million its first weekend in front of audiences. Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington star in the action thriller about two CIA agents (one a rookie, the other a rogue) who must flee after a group of rebels attack their safe house.
Third place went to Journey 2: Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán, and Kristin Davis. Directed by Brad Peyton, the 3D adventure film is the sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. The ending of Journey 2 hints at another sequel, this one depicting a trip to the moon.
The 3D version of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace placed fourth this weekend with earnings of $23 million. Last week’s box office frontrunner, Chronicle, fell to number five with earnings of $12.3 million, while The Woman in Black came in sixth at $10.3 million. The Grey, which placed third last weekend, fell to seventh place with earnings of $5 million.
Meanwhile, Big Miracle, The Descendants, and Underworld: Awakening round out the list of top ten box office performers, earning $3.9, $3.5, and $2.5 million respectively.
Next weekend brings the release of Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, The Secret World of Arrietty, and This Means War. Will any of the newcomers be able to take down The Vow? Check back next Monday to find out.
Source: Box Office Mojo