Box Office Results · February 20, 2012

Many of us had the luxury of long weekends this week, with Family Day in most of Canada and President’s Day in the States. But, it appears that not many of us wanted to spend any of it with Nicolas Cage and his unique brand of “whisper yelling”.

Though, when you make the late night talk show rounds and all anyone wants to talk about is the rumours of you being a vampire and how insane the directors are… it’s probably not a good sign. So no surprise that ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ stalled at the starting line and finished the box office race in the third position with $22.1M.

So while ‘Ghost Rider’ essentially crashed and burned, ‘Safe House’ leapfrogged over ‘The Vow’ and claimed the top position earning $23.8M this weekend.

This Means War’ also failed to find an audience this weekend, landing in fifth position with $17.4M. Perhaps if it had been only a romantic comedy or only an action flick it would have had better numbers. Seems the blending of the rom-com and action styles just confused the majority of moviegoers.

The anime film ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ by the adored Hayao Miyazaki snuck into the top ten with $6.5M. You may think that debuting in the ninth position is nothing to cheer about, but Arrietty actually is the most successful opening of any of the Disney-distributed Miyazaki films. It is also makes it the fifth-highest anime debut in the U.S., just behind one ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ and three ‘Pokémon’ movies. It appears that if the little Borrowers had been jumping out of balls or playing cards and fighting each other it would have been unstoppable!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:



Movie Title

Weekend Gross

Total Gross


1 2 Safe House $23,800,000 $78,100,000 2
2 1 The Vow $23,100,000 $85,027,000 2
3 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $22,100,000 $22,100,000 1
4 3 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $19,920,000 $53,036,000 2
5 This Means War $17,385,000 $18,995,000 1
6 4 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (3D) $8,000,000 $33,873,000 2
7 5 Chronicle $7,625,000 $51,104,000 3
8 6 The Woman in Black $6,710,000 $45,321,000 3
9 The Secret World of Arrietty $6,457,000 $6,457,000 1
10 7 The Grey $3,142,000 $48,035,000 4


[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

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Posted on February 20, 2012, in BOX OFFICE RESULTS, ENTERTAINMENT, LISTS, MOVIES & FILMS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I hope Nicholas Cage’s career crashes and burns too. I hate that guy and his stupid whisper-yelling!!!

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