Underworld: Awakening and Red Tails top the weekend box office

Kate Beckinsale in Underworld Awakening

When I think of long lasting movie franchises, Underworld is definitely not one that comes to mind.  But now that the fourth film in the franchise has come out and done pretty decent with $25 million at the weekend box office, I guess we’ll have to give the franchise some respect.  With that kind of cash on opening weekend, and taking into account the revenue it will bring in on Blu-ray, there’s no reason to think the franchise is even close to being over.  What we can be thankful for this weekend is that according to George Lucas, he’s retiring from big blockbusters, with RED TAILS being his last venture into big budget territory.  RED TAILS did decent with about $19 million.  If there’s a big disappointment this week, it’s with Steven Soderbergh’s HAYWIRE, which most of us thought would do better than $10 million.

Next week sees the release of the Liam Neeson survival film THE GREY and the Katherine Heigl film ONE FOR THE MONEY.  For my “money”, there’s not a worse looking movie coming out in 2012 than ONE FOR THE MONEY.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Underworld: Awakening $25.2m

2. Red Tails $19.4m

3. Contraband $12.3m

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close $10.2m

5. Haywire $8.6m

6. Beauty and the Beast 3D $8.3m

7. Joyful Noise $5.8m

8. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $5.7m

9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $4.6m

10. The Iron Lady $3.7m

Source: Deadline

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

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