In its second week, Universal's Safe House continued to surprise -- earning an estimated $24 million over the first three days of the Presidents Day weekend. Universal figures it should earn $28.5 million through Monday. As it did on its opening weekend, Safe House edged out Sony's The Vow , which took in about $23.6 million over the three days and is expected to gross $27.4 million through Monday. Coming in third was the debuting Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance , also from Sony , which is likely to earn $22 million over the regular weekend and $25.5 million through Monday. Another film making a strong showing in its second week was Warner Bros./New Line's Journey 2 The Mysterious Island with $22.1 million over the three days (no four-day estimate). Also making its debut this weekend, Fox's This Means War rounded out the top five with around $17.55 million for three days (no four-day estimate). Overall, the box office chalked up $160 million domestically, up 11 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when Unknown led with $21.9 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Safe House, $24 million; 2. The Vow , $23.6 million; 3. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance , $22 million; 4. Journey 2 The Mysterious Island , $20.1 million; 5. This Means War , $17.6 million; 6. Star Wars Episode I -- The Phantom Menace in 3-D , $7.9 million; 7. Chronicle , $7.5 million; 8. The Woman in Black , $6.6 million; 9. The Secret World of Arrietty , $6.4 million; 10. The Grey , $3 million.

20/02/2012