Weekend Receipts: Wow, Pretty Much Everyone Went to the Movies
Congratulations to Hollywood for taking back the weekend from pop stars extant, dead or otherwise and shattering the record for Valentine's Day weekend movie attendance. What a great time to be alive! Ahem. Your Weekend Receipts are here.
1. The Vow
Gross: $41.700,000 (new)
Screens: 2,958 (PSA $14,097)
If we learned anything over the last few days, it's never to underestimate America's love for a very handsome steak.
2. Safe House
Gross: $39,300,000 (new)
Screens: 3,119 (PSA $12,600)
Whatever obscure spell or human sacrifice Ryan Reynolds and his agents used to stabilize the star's track record appears to have worked! Or maybe it was just a matter of getting Denzel Washington to co-star. All right, never mind.
3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Gross: $27,550,000 (new)
Screens: 3,470 (PSA $7,939)
I've been sitting here for the last 10 minutes thinking of anything at all to say about this, and it all comes back to Whitney Houston and some variation of "Everyone mourns differently," so perhaps it's best to just skip it.
4. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3-D
Gross: $23,000,000 (new)
Screens: 2,655 (PSA $8,663)
Underwhelming fourth place for a blatant 3-D cash-grab should be enough to brighten any Monday -- at least until you realize there are five more of these things coming your way. (Sorry.)
Gross: $12,300,000 ($40,167,000)
Screens: 2,908 (PSA 4,230)
Weeks: 2 (change: -44.1%)
Well, it looks like we just bought ourselves a sequel. Great?
[Figures via Box Office Mojo]