Weekend Box Office: You Guys Just Can’t Let The Underworld Franchise Die, Can You?

Posted: January 22, 2012 in Movies

Another Sunday another weekend box office update that completely has me scratching my head in confusion and frustration.  The fourth Underworld: Awakening movie released this weekend and made nearly $26 million (carrying a 26% on RottenTomatoes).  That lends to the belief that you people will, in fact, see anything at least once.  Just let the franchise die people…it had a good run.  The first two Underworld titles were pretty decent, then the third one happened, and now we’re suffered with the fourth and possibly a fifth film.  Ug.

In the runner up spot was the terrible movie Red Tails that stars Cuba Gooding Jr. (he’s still in Hollywood?) and Terrance Howard (what ever happened to that guy?).  The film has a 33% on RT.  What amazes me is that the movie actually carries a pretty decent premise telling the story of the first all African-American fighter squadron in World War II.  It was produced by George Lucas’ studio LucasFilms and looked to be heavily involved in the action aspect.  Too bad that whole Tuskegee Airmen story didn’t really get told.  Still, it made its money, nearly $20 million.

The number three spot belongs to last week’s box office king Contraband, the Mark Whalberg action-thriller with $12 million.  Some people are just complete saps for some Marky Mark in their movie-going lives.  Rounding out the top five was the tear-jerking drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and the Peter Soderberg thriller Haywire (perhaps the best movie of the weekend), which underperformed given its budget.

Here is the complete top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (total)

1) Underworld: Awakening – $25.4 (NEW)

2) Red Tails – $19.1 (NEW)

3) Contraband – $12.2 ($46.1)

4) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – $10.5 ($11.2)

5) Haywire – $9 (NEW)

6) Beauty and the Beast 3D – $8.5 ($33.3)

7) Joyful Noise – $6 ($21.9)

8) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – $5.5 ($197.3)

9) Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows – $4.8 ($178.6)

10) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – $3.7 ($97.5)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

 

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