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'Safe House,' 'The Vow' vie for No. 1 box office spot

Still of Denzel Washington (left) and Ryan Reynolds in the 2012 film, 'Safe House.' (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

February 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The box office champ is too close to call this holiday weekend, as a love story and an action thriller compete for No. 1.

"Safe House" starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds took in $24 million. But "The Vow" is close behind with $23.6 million.

Final numbers will be released Tuesday.

Meanwhile, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" came in third with $22 million. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" ranked fourth with $20.1 million and "This Means War" debuted in fifth place bringing in $17.6 million dollars.

As of now, the top films of the weekend were:

1. "Safe House," $24 million ($6 million international).
2. "The Vow," $23.6 million ($6.8 million international).
3. "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," $22 million.
4. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $20.1 million ($26 million international).
5. "This Means War," $17.6 million ($11 million international).
6. "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" in 3-D, $7.9 million ($10 million international).
7. "Chronicle," $7.5 million.
8. "The Woman in Black," $6.6 million ($8.4 million international).
9. "The Secret World of Arrietty," $6.4 million.
10. "The Grey," $3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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