*The Presidents Day weekend saw three holdovers – “Safe House,” “The Vow” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”–top the domestic box office chart in a surprise upset over new entries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Universal’s “Safe House,” starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, was in a tight race with “The Vow” for much of the four-day weekend, but pulled ahead to grab $28.4 million. The action pic dropped a narrow 40 percent from its opening weekend, and has now grossed $82.6 million domestically.

“A broader audience is finding the movie appealing, Universal president of domestic distribution Nikki Rocco says. “And I think the Ryan Reynolds factor is making a difference, in addition to Denzel.”

Overseas, “Safe House” has now grossed $19.6 million, bringing the movie’s worldwide haul to $102.2 million.

Presidents Day Box Office, Feb. 17-Feb. 20

Title/Weeks in Release/Studio/Theater Count/Four Day Weekend Total/Cume

1. Safe House (2), Universal/3,121, $28.4 million, $82.6 million

2. The Vow (2), Screen Gems, Spyglass/2,958, $26.6 million, $88.5 million

3. Journey 2 (2), New Line, Warner /3,500, $26.4 million, $59.5 million

4. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (1), Sony/3,174, $25.7 million, $25.7 million

5. This Means War (1), Fox/3,189, $20.4 million, $22 million

6. Star Wars: Episode I–The Phantom Menace (2), Fox/ 2,655, $10.2 million, $36 million

7. Chronicle (3), Fox/2,556, $9.2 million, $52.7 million

8. The Secret World of Arrietty (1), Disney, Studio Ghibli/1,522, $8.1 million, $8.1 million

9. The Woman in Black (3), CBS Films/2,559, $7.8 million, $46.4 million

10. The Grey (4), Open Road Films/2,107, $3.8 million, $48.7 million