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Wilmington-shot ‘Journey 2’ beats ‘Star Wars’ at weekend box office

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new movie shot in part at Wilmington’s Screen Gems Studios had a good first weekend at the box office.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” finished third in weekend ticket sales with $27.6 million in the US behind “The Vow” ($41.7 million) and “Safe House” $39.3 million). The 3-D re-release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” finished fourth with $23 million.

Worldwide “Journey 2” took in $102.25 million in its opening weekend. The movie, starring Oscar-winner Michael Caine, Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Hudgens, had a reported budget of $79 million.

“Journey 2,” a 3-D family adventure, shot at Screen Gems last year. It was the first movie shot at the studio’s so-called “Dream Stage,” which includes a million-gallon water tank.

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