Last year's box office got off to such a sluggish start that even a weekend total in which all of the top-12 films combined grossed less than $100 million can look pretty good by comparison. Such was the case last weekend when the 12 films at the top of the box office earned just $98.3 million. Nevertheless, that was still considerably better than the $92.40 million that the top 12 earned a year ago, when Warner Bros.' The Rite opened with $14.79 million. Last weekend's top film was Open Road's The Grey , which opened with $19.67 million -- at the high end of analysts' forecasts. Lionsgate's One for the Money was close behind with an $11.75-million debut. Fox's Red Tails followed with $10.37 million, dropping a modest 45 percent in its second week. Summit Entertainment's Man on a Ledge claimed fifth place with $8 million. Four weeks into the New Year, revenue is up 11.76 percent for all studios, while attendance is up 12.47 percent.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. The Grey , Open Road, $19,665,101, (New); 2. Underworld Awakening, Sony/Screen Gems, $12,352,802, 2 Wks. ($44,978,415); 3. One for the Money , Lionsgate, $11,750,000, (New); 4. Red Tails , Fox, $10,370,323, 2 Wks. ($33,750,118); 5. Man on a Ledge , Summit, $8,001,932, (New)); 6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close , Warner Bros., $6,980,448, 6 Wks. ($20,941,702); 7. Contraband , Universal, $6,704,360, 3 Wks. ($56,573,860); 8. The Descendants , Fox Searchlight, $6,405,285, 11 Wks. ($58,703,299); 9. Beauty and the Beast (3D Re-release), Disney, $5,307,807, 3 Wks. ($41,110,138); 10. Haywire , Relativity Media, $4,002,760, 2 Wks. ($15,281,962).

31/01/2012