Have you ever heard of the chick flick THE VOW? If you haven’t, you’re either:

  • single
  • you’ve got an awesome girlfriend/fiance/wife
  • you’re going to hear about it this week

Here’s why you should care: it owned the movie box office this past weekend. It beat the Denzell Washington / Ryan Reynolds flick SAFE HOUSE, as well as the probably-crappy JOURNEY 2: MYSTERY ISLAND flick starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and a little film known as STAR WARS EPISODE I in 3D.

It didn’t just BEAT Phantom Menace in box office earnings, it basically DOUBLED IT.

This Means War

So here’s the gameplan, guys. Take your woman to see it if she really wants to go, but mention that you get to pick the next one. THIS MEANS WAR comes out in four days, so if you see THE VOW during the middle of the week, you canget points for the Valentine’s Day date and still get to see something cool next weekend. Trust me when I tell you that you’re not going to get to unwind from a long week of work if you’re watching Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum express their eternal love for one another on Friday.

Your other box office choices right now, with new options first:

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, a not-so-awaited sequel which looks almost as terrible as the first one

THE SECRET OF ARRIETTY, which could be good to take your kids to if you want a movie to fall asleep during

Returning to screens….

CHRONICLE, the sci-fi flick which earned more money in its second weekend alone to cover its entire budget.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK, an ideal Valentine’s movie if you are tempted to send black roses to someone

THE GREY, which works if you want a bad ass flick with Liam Neeson fighting wolves and hypothermia

BIG MIRACLE, if you want a feel good movie about saving whales

THE DESCENDANTS, if you want a movie where you find out that love doesn’t always include happiness

UNDERWORLD AWAKENINGS, if you love the series despite the sub-par offerings the past few flicks and somehow haven’t seen it in the past four weeks since it hit theaters.

RED TAILS, if you want to watch a poorly reviewed flick with lots of high flying action involving planes.

And if you decide to stay in this weekend, you could get:

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, if you like to scare yourself with somewhat realistic creepiness followed by an ending which goes over-the-top

DREAM HOUSE, if you don’t like the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series or can’t find it on DVD because it’s all rented already

DRIVE, if you like awesome movies

IN TIME, if you like awesome movies and you don’t mind thinking outside the box a little bit

TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I, if you… nevermind, I can’t think of a reason to suggest this, and chances are good that if you’re going to see it, you’re already obsessed with it and you knew exactly when it was coming out on DVD and you either waited in line to rent it or you just went ahead and bought it even though there’s apparently a PART II coming out and you simply can’t wait to own it for home viewing, even though you’ve read the book like 15 times already

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS, if you like that brand of comedy and you don’t seem to care that Christmas is the last thing on your mind this week after shelling out more money than you wanted to in buying gifts / flowers / chocolates for someone.

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