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'Safe House' Rises to Top Spot at the Box Office

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Safe House made its home in the top spot at the box office over the holiday weekend.

The Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds thriller earned an estimated $28.4 million from Friday through Monday to climb to first place.  Safe House opened in second place the previous week.

The Vow, which was the reigning box office champ entering the weekend, fell to the runner-up spot, with $26.6 million.  The Nicolas Cage sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance bowed in fourth place, with $25.7 million; the Reese Witherspoon comedy This Means War premiered in fifth place, with $20.4 million; and the animated Disney film The Secret Life of Arrietty opened in eighth place, with $8.1 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Safe House, $28.4 million.
2. The Vow, $26.6 million.
3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, $26.4 million.
4. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, $25.7 million.
5. This Means War, $20.4 million.
6. Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (3D re-release), $10.2 million.
7. Chronicle, $9.2 million.
8. The Secret Life of Arrietty, $8.1 million.
9. The Woman in Black, $7.8 million.
10. The Grey, $3.8 million.

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Movie Review: ‘Safe House’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There’s this incredible moment in Safe House when…THE CAMERA STOPS @#$%& SHAKING!

It is simply incredible how a perfectly good, gratuitously violent, well-acted action flick can be ruined by the decision to make this movie feel as if you’re watching it while doing 60 MPH in a Big Wheel on a dirt road littered with gravel. Seriously?

As for the plot, well, read the preceding paragraph -- that’s really all you need to know.

As for the rest of it, Denzel Washington’s performance as CIA operative-turned-traitor Tobin Frost is as fine a performance as Washington ever gives, which is just about as good as you can get. Ryan Reynolds, as a young agent in charge of the safe house to which Frost is initially brought after turning himself in, makes up for the horror show that was Green Lantern.  And though some of the action sequences and hand to hand combat scenes are brutal, they’ll please any fan of stunt choreography.

Even so, the only way to truly enjoy Safe House is to bob your head while looking at the screen to offset the overzealous camera shake. The technique makes it seem as if director Daniel Espinosa was attempting to overcompensate for a weakness in the story, which ironically would’ve felt significantly more realistic and organic without the constant camera manipulation. Having said that, it’s always a joy to watch Denzel act, whether it’s through a shaky camera or a telescope.

Rating: Three out of five stars.

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'Journey 2,' 'Safe House,' 'Star Wars: Episode I' in 3D, 'The Vow' Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: In the sequel to 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth, a 17-year-old boy and his stepfather head to the South Pacific to respond to a distress signal emanating from a mysterious island. Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine star in the film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.

-- Safe House: Ryan Reynolds plays a rookie CIA agent who's forced to help a CIA traitor, played by Denzel Washington, escape from a safe house under attack. Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson also star. Rated R.

-- The Vow: A newlywed copes with his wife awaking from a coma and suffering from severe memory loss following their involvement in a car accident. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The first film in the second Star Wars trilogy gets the 3D treatment. Liam Neeson is Qui-Gon Jinn, Ewan McGregor plays Obi-Wan Kenobi and Natalie Portman stars as Queen Amidala. Rated PG.

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