– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s about the survival of the fittest.And Open Road Films’ “The Grey” proved to be the one film on top.

The survival thriller earned $20 million for the top spot over the weekend. The film starred Liam Neeson and directed by Joe Carnahan. After a plane crash in Alaska, a group of survivors must fend off a pack of wolves in order to survive.

Lionsgate Films’ “One for the Money” opened in third place with $11.75 million. It opened better than expected from many film analysts.

The film starred Katherine Heigl as a bail bond bounty hunter. The film is based off the best-selling book written by Janet Evanovich.

In fifth place, Summit Entertainment’s “Man on a Ledge” opened with $8.3 million. The film starred Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie and Genesis Rodriguez.

The film is about a man who is threatening to leap off the edge of a building while a diamond heist is occurring at another location.

In rounding out the top five films of the weekend, “Underworld: Awakening” fell to the second place spot with $12.5 million. It was a decrease of 50.6 percent from the previous weekend. And “Red Tails” was in fourth place with $10.4 million, a decrease of 44.6 percent from the previous weekend.

Several films are making its premiere next weekend including “The Woman in Black,” “Chronicle,” “The Innkeepers,” “W.E.” and “Big Miracle.”

Here is the WEEKEND BOX OFFICE for January 27-29, 2012:

1. The Grey $20 million
2. Underworld: Awakening $12.5 million
3. One for the Money $11.75 million
4. Red Tails $10.4 million
5. Man on the Ledge $8.3 million
6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7.145 million
7. The Descendants $6.55 million
8. Contraband $6.5 million
9. Beauty and the Beast 3D $5.345 million
10. Haywire $4 million

Source: BoxOffice.com, Box Office Mojo