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UNDERWORLD 4 Slays; RED TAILS Flies High; HAYWIRE Misfires – Weekend Box Office Report (January 20 – 22, 2012)

I thought I’d add a new segment to the Rowenet blog: Weekend Box Office Reports!  Each Sunday, I’ll round up the weekend box office results and give you my commentary on them.  And here’s the best part: I get to use bad puns in the headlines!  Enjoy!

It’s the third weekend in 2012, and the 2012 domestic box office is still doing extremely well.  At #1 was Underworld Awakening, the fourth installment in the successful action franchise.  The vampire flick took in an estimated $25.4 million, which is the second highest opening for the series to date, almost on par with the second installment’s, Underworld: Evolution, $26.8 million opening.  Both 3D and IMAX could be factors for its success, but the fact of the matter is that the Underworld fan base will support these movies, no matter what, as evident by the previous three films’ successes.

At #2 was the George Lucas-produced war film Red Tails, taking in an estimated $19.1 million, a bit of surprise for me.  Audiences are enjoying the film, as it received an ‘A’ from CinemaScore, and the heavy marketing in African American communities clearly added to its performance, as the film follows the Tuskegee Airmen.  George Lucas funded the film personally, as it was a passion project of his since 1988 that he had trouble getting made.  The film had a budget of $58 million, and this weekend’s results show a likely chance of it breaking even.

At #3 was last weekend’s #1, the Mark Wahlberg thriller Contraband, which dropped 49.9% from last weekend, taking in an estimated $12.2 million.  Expect it to continue to drop over time, as two more R-rated thrillers open in the next couple weeks, The Grey with Liam Neeson and Safe House with Denzel Washington, plus the other hopeful upcoming wide releases (Click here for my review of Contraband).

At #4 was the post-9/11 drama, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which has been in limited release since late December of 2011, but expanded in 2,624 more theaters this weekend, going wide.  The Tom Hanks-Sandra Bullock film made an estimated $10.5 million.  Slight Oscar buzz and an ‘A-‘ from CinemaScore could be some factors for the film’s minor success, but I’m still a bit surprised that the many negative reviews didn’t affect the numbers at all.  Especially considering that it beat this week’s #5.

At #5 was Steven Soderbergh’s latest, Haywire, debuting with only $9.0 million, surprisingly low considering the all-star cast and director.  The film did earn a ‘D+’ from CinemaScore, which surprises me too because I found the film to be much more accessible than Soderbergh’s previous film Contagion, which debuted at #1 back in September 2011 (Click here for my review of Haywire).

Check out the full domestic weekend top 10 below.  All numbers are from Box Office Mojo.

1. Underworld Awakening (Sony)

Estimated Weekend: $25.4 million

Estimated Total: $25.4 million

2. Red Tails (LucasFilm/Fox)

Estimated Weekend: $19.1 million

Estimated Total: $19.1 million

3. Contraband (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $12.2 million

Estimated Total: $46.1 million

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $10.5 million

Estimated Total: $11.2 million

5. Haywire (Relativity)

Estimated Weekend: $9.0 million

Estimated Total: $9.0 million

6. Beauty and the Beast 3D (Buena Vista)

Estimated Weekend: $8.6 million

Estimated Total: $33.4 million

7. Joyful Noise (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $6.1 million

Estimated Total: $21.9 million

8. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (Paramount)

Estimated Weekend: $5.5 million

Estimated Total: $197.3 million

9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $4.8 million

Estimated Total: $178.6 million

10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony)

Estimated Weekend: $3.8 million

Estimated Total: $94.8 million

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  1. badgrammarreviews
    January 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Glad to see you are doing this now. I am also surpirsed that Haywire wasn’t higher.

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