On its second Friday, The Vow fell 52 percent to an estimated $7.4 million. That's a fairly steep drop, though it was expected given that plenty of demand had already been filled over the past week. Through eight days, the movie has already made $69.3 million, and will pass Dear John's $80 million total by Sunday. For the four-day frame, The Vow should wind up in first place with close to $30 million. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance debuted to an estimated $7 million, which is less than half of the first Ghost Rider's $15.4 million on the same Friday five years ago. If Spirit of Vengeance follows Ghost Rider's pattern, it could finish in fourth place for the four-day weekend with less than $24 million.
Similar to The Vow, Safe House dropped a rough 52 percent to an estimated $6.5 million. Its $60.8 million eight-day total is very strong, though, and to this point it trails Denzel Washington's American Gangster by less than $3 million. Universal is currently forecasting a $27.5 million four-day weekend, and there's a very slight chance that Safe House ultimately eases ahead of The Vow by Monday. This Means War opened in fourth place on Friday with a solid $5.6 million. That's a bit lower than The Tourist ($6.03 million) and Killers ($5.67 million), but up on Duplicity ($4.7 million). It also isn't too far off from Unknown, which debuted to $6.74 million on the same day last year ahead of a $25.45 million weekend. Based on this and other comparable titles, This Means War looks poised to end the four-day frame with at least $20 million. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island eased 32 percent to an estimated $4.46 million on Friday. That may not look like much, but children's movies have long legs over President's Day weekend, and it could get as high as $25 million for the four-day frame. Through eight days, the sequel has made a very respectable $37.6 million. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace's 3D re-release didn't fare so well on Friday. The movie plummeted 78 percent to an estimated $1.92 million, which brings its total to an underwhelming $27.8 million. Still, by Sunday The Phantom Menace's total gross will exceed the original Star Wars ($461 million), which will make it the highest-grossing entry in the series and fourth highest-grossing movie ever. The Secret World of Arrietty opened all the way down in ninth place with an estimated $1.7 million. That tops Ponyo's $1.17 million, though it trailed slightly in per-theater average ($1,120 vs. $1,267). For the four-day weekend, the Studio Ghibli title will earn at least $7 million.