Screen Gemsâ€™ â€œUnderworld: Awakeningâ€ took the top spot in the weekend box office with $25.4 million. It is back-to-back box office weekend wins for Beckinsale. For last weekend, â€œContrabandâ€ was the top earning film in which she starred alongside with Mark Wahlberg.
For the â€œUnderworldâ€ franchise, the fourth film fared better than 2009â€™s â€œUnderworld: Rise of the Lycansâ€ which opened with $20.8 million and starred without Beckinsale. The last â€œUnderworldâ€ film with Beckinsale was 2006â€™s â€œUnderworld: Evolution,â€ that opened with $26.9 million.
In this film, Beckinsaleâ€™s Selene wakes up in a future to discover that humans are at war to eliminate both the vampire and lycan clans. It also starred Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley and Sandrine Holt.
The 3D format of â€œUnderworld: Awakeningâ€ represented about 59 percent of the ticket sales and IMAX (including 3D figures) accounted for 15 percent of the ticket sales.
Twentieth Century Foxâ€™s â€œRed Tailsâ€ opened in second place with $19.1 million. According to Box Office Mojo, it was Foxâ€™s best non-franchise opening since last Aprilâ€™s â€œRio.â€
â€œRed Tailsâ€ is another movie about the famed Tuskegee airmen during World War II. The film starred Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds, Elijah Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Relativity Mediaâ€™s â€œHaywireâ€ opened in fifth place by earning $9 million at the box office. The Steven Soderbergh-directed film is about a female agent seeking revenge againstÂ her agency after a mission betrayal.
The film starred MMA star Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.
In fourth place, Warner Brothers Picturesâ€™ â€œExtremely Loud and Incredibly Closeâ€ expanded to 2,630 locations after a month of limited release. It earned $10.5 million, which analysts considered it as disappointing numbers for this September 11 drama. The film starred Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn and Sandra Bullock.
Last weekendâ€™s top movie â€œContrabandâ€ fell to third place by earning $12.24 million, a drop of 50 percent from the previous weekend.
For next weekend, the films â€œThe Grey,â€ â€œOne for the Moneyâ€ and â€œMan on a Ledgeâ€ will make their debut.
Here is the WEEKEND BOX OFFICE numbers for January 20-22, 2012:
|1.||Underworld: Awakening||$25.4 million|
|2.||Red Tails||$19.1 million|
|4.||Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close||$10.55 million|
|6.||Beauty and the Beast 3D||$8.56 million|
|7.||Joyful Noise||$6.075 million|
|8.||Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol||$5.54 million|
|9.||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||$4.805 million|
|10.||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||$3.75 million|