Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 22, 2012

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Underworld Awakening takes the top spot at the box office Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 22, 2012

The fourth instalment of the Underworld franchise, Underworld Awakening, topped the box office over the weekend after grossing an estimated $25.4 million. The Kate Beckinsale starrer is doing good business considering that the first installment in the series opened in 2003. That film grossed $21 million on its debut, for a $51 million final total.

Underworld: Evolution scored $26 million when it opened in 2006, on its way to a $62 million final tally. The third, a Beckinsale-free entry released in 2009, subtitled Rise of the Lycans, grossed $20 million during its first weekend and topped out at $45 million. Where this fourth film will figure on this depends on word of mouth (you can read our review here), but it will likely surpass the last installment and score a final figure near the 2003 franchise starter.

George Lucas’ long gestating Red Tails had an impressive debut at two, grossing an estimated $19.1 million. The WWII pilot film, was self-financed by the Star Wars guru at a cost of $58 million, and it looks like it may have been another sound investment for the man who made billions from the science-fiction franchise. Studios were wary of stumping up the cash for the true story about the Tuskegee Airmen, featuring an all African-American cast, in a genre that is notoriously risky – 2006’s Flyboys grossed just $13 million from $60 million budget.

Red Tails has an impressive debut at the box office Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 22, 2012

Anthony Hemingway directed the film, but Lucas had a very hands-on approach during production, apparently overseeing reshoots. Reviews have been mixed for the film (read ours) which could potentially be Lucas’ cinematic swansong in mainstream film-making.

Last weekend’s champ, Contraband dropped to three, but grossed another $12.2 million and upped its gross to over $46 million. That’s a drop of nearly 50%, but it’s still a solid number for the Mark Wahlberg film (which also stars Kate Beckinsale).

9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close opened at four with a weekend take of $10.5 million. The film which stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock expanded this weekend from a limited release, and brought its total to over $11 million. Word of mouth and potential Oscar-buzz should see the gross swell to a solid (if unspectacular) number.

Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire shot-up $9 million – a disappointing start considering the star-wattage involved (Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton). MMA tough-chick Gina Carano stars in this female-driven action film which has had good reviews (read ours). The upswing of this, is that the film cost just $23 million to produce, a figure that will certainly be recouped when international grosses are added in. Can it find an audience in the coming weeks?

Disney’s twenty year old 3D Beauty And The Beast grossed about half a million less than the Soderbergh film on its second weekend, upping its cume to $33 million.

Joyful Noise brought in another $6 million for a total of just under $22 million, which isn’t a bad number considering the crowded market place.

Tom Cruise’s fantastically (impossibly?) punctuated Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol upped its total gross to over $197 million, after it grossed $5.5 million over the three days. The action sequel has now banked almost $540 million worldwide.

Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows brought in $4.8 million worth of green and brought its cume to over $178 million. It’s total worldwide gross has now surpassed $400 million.

David Fincher’s gritty The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo scored $3.7 million over the weekend, and brought its cume to a smidgen under $95 million. It’s slowly inching towards that magic $100 million figure at the domestic box office, overseas, it has scored more than $50 million.

Meryl Streep’s political biopic The Iron Lady dipped out of the top ten after it grossed an additional $3.6 million, giving it a $12.6 million total. It’s difficult to sex-up British politics, especially with Margaret Thatcher and that could be a reason why this film might struggle at the domestic box office.

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

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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TAGS: beauty and the beast, box office, contraband, extremely loud and incredibly close, haywire, mission impossible, mission impossible 4, sherlock holmes, sherlock holmes 2, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the iron lady, underworld, underworld 4

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  1. how about Underworld Corvinus Legacy? would be awesome to see william trying to fight his werewolf nature and marcus trying to get him to release it. as william falls in love with victors the human ruler’s wife only to have marcus tell thier secret and victor takes her annd either destroy’s her and that makes William lose control. i was thinking victors wife could be the werewolf that birthed lucian or not.

  2. I saw underworld this weekend and I’m really happy to see it doing so well. I knew it would and can’t wait for a fifth if it is to happen. Kate is a fantastic actress and the installment was fantastic. Wonderful story great action and very cool twists. When the movie ended I felt myself wanting so much more of the movie. The characters were also developed nicely. I lived the new characters and also I loved the opening purge sequence. Bada$$ movie.

    Time to watch te other three today.

    Also totally worth the IMAX price. Sound was incredible.

    • I didn’t see the 3rd, is it a big deal if I skip it?

      • no it’s not a big deal but I would see it. It’s basically te movie of what micheal sees in the flashbacks in the first one. Great film. I would recommend it. But to get the third. No.

      • The 3rd was the best IMO.

        • I agree with Ghost on this one. The prequel was the best IMO.

      • the third part is better as the second,i.m.o .

      • Cool, thanks guys!

  3. No doubt, Red Tails will make a little more money in its second, third, and fourth incarnations on DVD/Blu-ray, after Lucas becomes obsessed with dressing it up over the next decade with more CGI, 3D, and the like…

  4. What is the most important part of this story? “Underworld” beat a George Lucas film during both of their theatrical premieres. Ironically both films received harsh reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. More critics liked “Underworld” more so than “Red Tails”.

    Hopefully this will end George’s movie career forever.

    • Lucas all but begged people to see the film, first, pulling out the race card and alleging that the future of black cinema depends on the film, and second, reporting that the movie will likley be his last “blockbuster”. Can anyone guess…he financed the movie?

      • And When Mr Lucas asked movie goers how long he had to keep star wars chained up like a slave. They said “FOR-EV-FURR FOR-EV-FURR FOR-EV-FURR”

      • @Jeff, George is such a scumbag. He also said the film ‘was the closest thing to Star Wars episode seven as we are going to get’; thus, he was trying to milk the “Star Wars” train again.

        As for his black cinema remarks, George must have forgotten about “Glory”, “Roots”, “Apocalypto”, “10,000 BC”, “Beloved”, etc… Black cinema will do fine without George Lucas.

  5. I quite liked the third Underworld and thought it was much better than the second one, which was a disappointment. Haven’t seen the 4th one yet, but if it’s equal to or better than the third then I’ll check it out. What am I saying, I’ll check it out regardless.

  6. SH2 hit the 400mil mark! :D
    That’s pretty good IMO (seeing as SH1 got about 500mil worldwide)

  7. sherlock holmes almost 400 million dollars??? and another underworld scoring big ? you know how on movies forum people keep chastising major because they always try to create franchise on the same recipe (sometimes changing the DNA of a franchise to keep churning out easy sequels) ? explosion, fancy CGI, plot so retarded that makes it look a simpson episode like james joyce’s ulysse, a shiny arrogant hero rising to the occasion … and every once in a while a major employee retorts that it’s the simplest thing to market with the lowest common denominator… well they’re right considering those figures.
    Why people wants to see things like a pirate of the caribean 4, a resident evil 4 (very soon a 5)a die hard 4 (very soon a 5) etc… is beyond me…