"Underworld: Awakening" Bites Back! Vampire Franchise Tops U.S. Box-Office with $25.4M Opening! 


Welcome back Kate Beckinsale! The actress, who ditched the third flick in the "Underworld" franchise returned for the fourth installment and helped the film soar atop North American box-office. "Underworld: Awakening" debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $25.4 million opening meeting the expectations of its distributing studio, Sony Screen Gems.

At No. 2 was executive producer George Lucas' flick about the Tuskegee Airmen, "Red Tails." Starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., the flick debuted with a $19.1 million opening which was well above expectations. And it's good for Lucas because he financed the film down to its itsy-bitsy penny since no Hollywood studio wanted to touch it.

But Hollywood can rest easy for now, box-office is up 31 percent compared to the same weekend last year!

"Contraband," the Mark Wahlberg flick which was the king of the box-office world last week fell to the No. 3 spot with $12.2 million.

At No. 4 is awards-hopeful, "Extremely Loud & Incredible Close" starring Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks which made $10.5 million in wider release. Rounding out the Top 5 is Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" starring Gina Carano. The action flick failed to spark interest with moviegoers as it opened with $9 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of January 20th:

1. “Underworld Awakening,” $25.4 million

2. “Red Tails,” $19.1 million

3. “Contraband,” $12.2 million

4. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” $10.5 million

5. “Haywire,” $9 million

6. “Beauty and the Beast (3-D),” $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

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