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Kate Beckinsale's Underworld: Awakening Tops Weekend Box Office

USMagazine, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:57pm (PST)

Underworld: Awakening was not the underdog at the box office this weekend!

Despite wintry weather in parts of the country this weekend, moviegoers flocked to see the fourth installment of the Underworld films, which stars Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy and Stephen Rea.

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Those out to see Beckinsale, who plays a leather-clad vampire warrior, kick some serious human-force behind managed to help the film bring in $24.3 million its opening weekend.

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In the number two spot, Cuba Gooding Jr.'s World War II flick Red Tails brought in $19.4 million, while Mark Wahlberg's Contraband grossed $12.2 million, causing it to fall from number 1 to number 3 in the box office.

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Also having opened up in theaters nationwide this weekend: Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks' post-9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which pulled in $10.5 million.

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