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January 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Underworld: Awakening

The top two films at the weekend box office performed well above expectations and helped push the overall gross more than 30 percent above the same weekend a year ago, according to studio estimates. Sony Screen Gems’s Underworld: Awakening debuted ahead of the pack with an estimated $25.4 million (it made an additional $13.4 million overseas), while the George Lucas-produced Red Tails, released by Fox, soared to about $19.1 million — nearly twice what most box office pundits had predicted it would earn. In third place was last week’s winner, Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg, with $12.2 million, followed by Warner Bros.’ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which tallied $10.5 million as it expanded nationwide. It edged out Relativity Media’s Haywire, which nabbed an estimated $9 million in its debut. Overseas, Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows remained in first place with $18.1 million from 57 countries. Its overseas gross now comes to $261 million, and it is virtually certain to top the foreign total of 2009’s $315-million total.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:

1. Underworld: Awakening, $25.4 million; 2. Red Tails, $19.1 million; 3. Contraband, $12.2 million; 4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, $10.5 million; 5. Haywire, $9 million; 6. Beauty and the Beast, $8.6 million; 7. Joyful Noise, $6.1 million; 8. Mission: Impossible ‹ Ghost Protocol, $5.5 million; 9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, $4.8 million; 10. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, $3.75 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Underworld: Awakening, $25,306,725
2. Red Tails, $18,782,154
3. Contraband, $12,039,605
4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, $10,045,332
5. Haywire, $8,779,676