'The Vow' and 'Safe House' both open big at the box office
"The Vow," starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, drew big pre-Valentine's Day crowds and earned an estimated $15.35 million on Friday. On a lot of weekends that would put in position for a runaway win, but not this one.
That's because "Safe House," a thriller with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, raked in $13.8 million. Both movies are on pace to make well above $30 million for the weekend.
"The Phantom Menace" and the weekend's other new release, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," also performed solidly on Friday. The first "Star Wars" movie to get the 3-D treatment earned an estimated $8.65 million, while "Journey 2" made about $6.6 million.
Last week's leader, "Chronicle," finished fifth with $3.5 million, down almost 60 percent from a week ago.