'Safe House,' 'The Vow' beat out new 'Ghost Rider'

February 20, 2012 • Entertainment

In this film image released by Columbia Pictures, a scene is shown from “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” in theaters Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Columbis Pictures-Sony)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The President’s Day weekend box office was too close to call as the action tale “Safe House” and the love story “The Vow” competed for the No. 1 spot.

Based on Sunday’s studio estimates, Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds’ “Safe House” had a slim lead with $24 million from Friday to Sunday. That put it a fraction ahead of Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s “The Vow” with $23.6 million.

The winner won’t be known for certain until Tuesday, when studios will report final numbers for the long holiday weekend. Final numbers often vary from weekend projections, which include estimates for the size of Sunday’s audiences.

No matter which one finishes on top, the movie business remains unusually Login to read more

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