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'The Vow' debuts at No. 1 for pre-Valentine's Day weekend

Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum bring romance to the big screen with a story inspired by a real life tale.

February 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Movie-goers were clearly in the Valentine's Day mood, as the romantic drama, "The Vow," debuted in the top spot at the box office this weekend earning $41.7 million.

Women accounted for 72 percent of the film's audience. The movie stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

"Safe House" came in second with $39.3 million. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" ranked third with $27.6 million.

"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" in 3-D came in fourth and last week's champ, "Chronicle," rounded out the top five.

The top films of the weekend were:

1. "The Vow," $41.7 million ($9.7 million international).
2. "Safe House," $39.3 million ($10.2 million international).
3. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $27.6 million ($25.5 million international).
4. "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" in 3-D, $23 million ($20.5 million international).
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 ($400,000 international)
. 9. "The Descendants," $3.5 million.
10. "Underworld Awakening," $2.5 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.