Mark Wahlberg’s latest effort Contraband (co-starring Kate Beckinsale) topped the box office over the Martin Luther King weekend. The thriller should see out the four days with a great $30 million gross, or $24.1 million for three days.

Wahlberg is something of an inconsistent star, with audiences mainly going to see his action/thriller efforts (like Contraband), although Oscar winner, The Fighter, was something of an exception, grossing $93 million. In fact, Contraband (read our review) has had one of the best openings in Marky Mark’s movie career, with top honors going to Planet of the Apes ($68 million) and A Perfect Storm ($41 million), both of which went on to gross over $180 million domestically. This remake won’t hit such dizzy heights, but if it holds in the coming weeks, then it could have a shot at getting somewhere near the $100 million mark.

Disney’s 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast should see the weekend out with $18.4 million. That’s down from The Lion King 3D’s launch of $30 million, where it went on to gross over $94 million. It should be noted that Disney has also just released the 3D Blu-ray of Beauty and the Beast, annoying theatre owners, and possibly harming grosses. Disney probably doesn’t care, it’s money for old rope  – and it should shift merchandise and add to the $382 million worldwide gross that the film already scored over twenty years ago.

Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol continues to do good business. The Tom Cruise starrer should bank $11.5 million over the three days for a great $187 million total. It’s now the second highest grossing film in the series, and it’s on target to out-gross the $215 million of Mission: Impossible II. So far, the film has grossed over $500 million worldwide, and it should beat the $546 million global gross of the second instalment from 2000.

Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton team-up Joyful Noise should score $11.3 million over the weekend, need I say more?

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows should score an additional $8.8 million over the three days. That ups its cumulative gross to $170 million. It won’t top the $209 million of the previous instalment, but it will get close to $200 million, which isn’t bad going.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo should end the three day weekend with another $7.3 million. That brings the total of  the David Fincher directed film to just under $90 million (over $120 million globally).

The Devil Inside plummeted on its second weekend, grossing just $7.5 million over the three day weekend. That’s down 76 % from its debut last weekend when it grossed $33 million. The horror has now upped its cume to $47 million.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked banked $5.8 million and brought its total to $118 million. Looks like there might just be another instalment.

The Steven Spielberg film, War Horse should gallop to $5.5 over the three days, upping its cumulative gross to a smidgen under $67 million.

Meryl Streep’s latest Oscar contender, The Iron Lady should see the weekend out with about $5.3 million, for a $5.9 million total. This gross should swell as the film gains awards momentum.

Cameron Crowe effort We Bought A Zoo dropped out of the top ten, grossing about $5.2 million over the three days for a $63 million gross.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo