Whereas last weekend featured four different films earning above $20 million at the box office, this special three-day weekend (or four-day, in box office terms) featured five movies all grossing over $20 million. And you'll never guess what order those movies came in.
Whatever your guess was, I guarantee it didn't involve Safe House, last week's number two movie, somehow leapfrogging over Channing Tatum's latest attempt at feigning human emotion into the number one spot. I also don't assume it involved both the aforementioned Chatum emotion simulator, and that goddamn movie where The Rock pops his pecs for love or whatever, staying in the number two and three spot respectively. Well, too bad, because that happened.
That left the Nicolas Cage-fronted superhero sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, as well as This Means War, the dreadfully reviewed spy/romantic comedy featuring Reese Witherspoon in a role guaranteed to remind you why you stopped paying attention to Reese Witherspoon, to take fourth and fifth place respectively.
Even worse off was the Studio Ghibli animated family film The Secret World of Arrietty, which placed a depressing eighth on the list. Want to know why we're a nation of terrible parents? More than three times as many people went to go see Journey 2 in its second week than Arrietty. And while the numbers weren't nearly as huge, more people also went to go see the third week of The Phantom Menace once again menacing theaters than did Arrietty. I don't care how low key and consequence free The Secret World of Arrietty--I guarantee that even the lousiest Ghibli stuff runs circles around that Jules Verne recycling garbage that is Journey 2. And yes, I'm even counting Tales of Earthsea.
The indie market stayed relatively quiet by comparison, with Oscar nominated documentary Undefeated (not the Sarah Palin one) and foreign film contender Bullhead each opening to around $42,000 on seven screens or less.
And now, a top ten list which I quite frankly can't make heads or tails of this week. It's just baffling stuff.
|1. Safe House|
$28.4 million / $82.6 million
|2. The Vow|
$26.6 million / $88.5 million
|3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island|
$26.4 million / $59.5 million
|4. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance|
$25.7 million / NEW
|5. This Means War|
$20.4 million / NEW
|6. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace|
$10.2 million / $36 million
$9.2 million / $52.7 million
|8. The Secret World of Arrietty|
|9. The Woman in Black|
$7.9 million / $46.5 million
|10. The Grey|
$3.7 million / $48.7 million
Source: Box Office Mojo