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February 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Moviegoers gave Hollywood an early Valentine by packing theaters in twice the numbers than the most optimistic pundits had forecast. For the first time on a non-holiday weekend (Valentine’s Day is not an official work-free holiday — and besides, it doesn’t arrive until Tuesday), four movies debuted with more than $20 million. In fact, the top film, The Vow, more than doubled $20 million, taking in an estimated $41.7 million. And the No. 2 film, Safe House, came close to doubling it with about $39.3 million. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island also doubled analysts’ forecasts, coming in at $27.6 million, while the 3D re-release of the first Star Wars prequel, Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, which few analysts had much hope for, managed to rake in a solid $23 million to bring its domestic total to $454.1 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:

1. The Vow, $41.7 million; 2. Safe House, $39.3 million; 3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, $27.6 million; 4. Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (3D), $23 million; 5. Chronicle, $12.3 million; 6. The Woman in Black, $10.3 million; 7. The Grey, $5.1 million; 8. Big Miracle, $3.9 million; 9. The Descendants, $3.5 million; 10. Underworld: Awakening, $2.5 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. The Vow, $41,202,458
2. Safe House, $40,172,720
3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, $27,335,363
4. Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (3D), $22,469,932
5. Chronicle, $12,092,589