Underworld Tops Weekend Box Office Rundown

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Weekend Box Office 

‘Underworld’ tops ‘Red Tails’ this weekend. The domestic box office praised a strong weekend for  ‘Underworld: Awakening’ at $25.4 Million and George Lucas’ ‘Red Tails’ over-performed at $19.1 million, Mark Wahlburg’ ‘Contraband’ rounded off the three at $46 million for the second week.

‘Red Tails’, about the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, did far better than expected. Lucas spent 20 years developing the project, and recently disclosed he couldn’t get any studio to finance the film because of the wariness surrounding an all-black cast. He finally reached into his own pocket to put the money up himself, and spent $58 million on the production budget and another $35m in distribution costs.

January 20, 2012 – January 22, 2012 

Title Studio Weekend Theaters Total Week
Underworld Awakening Screen Gems (Sony)
$25,400,000
3,078
$25,400,000
1
Red Tails 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm
$19,100,000
2,512
$19,100,000
1
Contraband Universal Pictures
$12,200,000
2,870
$46,100,000
2
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Warner Bros. Pictures
$10,545,000
2,630
$11,237,000
1
Haywire Relativity Media
$9,000,000
2,439
$9,000,000
1
Beauty and the Beast 3D Walt Disney Pictures
$8,556,000
2,625
$33,364,000
2
Joyful Noise Warner Bros. Pictures
$6,075,000
2,735
$21,903,000
2
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount Pictures
$5,540,000
2,519
$197,349,000
6
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros. Pictures
$4,805,000
2,485
$178,611,000
6
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Columbia Pictures (Sony)
$3,750,000
1,907
$94,775,000
5
The Iron Lady The Weinstein Company
$3,707,000
1,076
$12,609,000
2
War Horse DreamWorks Pictures
$3,003,000
2,525
$72,137,000
5

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