Underworld Awakening Takes Big Bite Of Box Office
Underworld Awakening sank its teeth into the necks of box office pundits over the weekend as the vampire flick, starring Kate Beckinsale, opened with $25.3 million, far ahead of most of their predictions. It was helped by 3D and IMAX surcharges -- $3.8 million of its total came from IMAX venues. Landing in second place was the George Lucas-produced Red Tails , with $18.8 million. (Most forecasts had it earning around $10 million.) It received an "A" grade from moviegoers polled by Cinemascore. Last weekend's winner, Contraband , starring Mark Wahlberg, fell 52 percent to third place with $12 million. However, the poorly reviewed Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close , starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, flopped as it expanded nationwide, earning $10.1 million, to place fourth. And the female action flick Haywire lived up to its name as it debuted in sixth place -- slightly above forecasts but with just $8.4 million.
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. Underworld Awakening, Sony, $25,306,725 (New); 2. Red Tails, 20th Century Fox, $18,782,154 (New); 3. Contraband , Universal, $12,039,605, 2 Wks. ($45,937,525); 4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close , Warner Bros., $10,045,332, 5 Wks. ($10,737,239); 5. Beauty and the Beast, Disney, $8,779,676, 2 Wks. ($33,588,056); 6. Haywire, Relativity Media, $8,425,370 (New); 7. Joyful Noise, Warner Bros., $5,917,437, 2 Wks. ($21,745,419); 8. Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol , Paramount, $5,554,254, 6 Wks. ($197,363,441); 9. Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows , Warner Bros., $4,515,497, 6 Wks. ($178,321,726); 10. The Iron Lady , Weinstein Co. $3,684,279, 4 Wks. ($12,585,958).