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OTRC: Liam Neeson's 'The Grey' No. 1 in Friday's box office

Liam Neeson appears in a still from 'The Grey.' (OpenRoad / Kimberley French)

Liam Neeson's action thriller "The Grey" battled for the lead in Friday's box office.

The Open Road Films flick earned $6.5 million in Friday's box office, for a projected weekend of $18 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the film, which hit theaters on Friday, January 27, members of an oil drilling team survive a plane crash and get stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, where they face dangers such as blizzards and wolves. Neeson's character, a man named Ottway, takes on the role of leader. The film also stars Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo.

When asked if he worked with real wolves, Neeson, 59, told OnTheRedCarpet.com: "I personally didn't. Just animatronics."

"It was quite intense because these wolves were made larger than they are in real life and especially the alpha wolf was made to be quite mythological, quite sinister and I have to fight a couple of them," he added. "It was pretty intense. Pretty scary, too, actually. Even though there were humans behind them, manipulating them, but they were still very real. There was no CGI there."

Katherine Heigl's comedy "One for the Money" landed the No. 2 spot in Friday's box office, exceeding expectations with $4.1 million.

In "One For The Money," which is based on the detective series by Janet Evanovich, Heigl covers her wavy blonde hair with a curly brunette wig to play Stephanie Plum, an amateur bounty hunter who must track down an old boyfriend, played by Jason O'Mara, who dumped her when she was in high school. Daniel Sunjata plays a man who helps her hone her bounty-hunting skills.

"One For The Money" also stars veteran actress Debbie Reynolds, 79, and Sherri Shepherd. The 44-year-old co-host of the ABC daytime talk show "The View" plays a prostitute named Lula.

Kate Beckinsale's horror thriller "Underworld: Awakening" landed in third place on Friday, earning another $3.4 million on Friday, for a $36 million cume.

"Underworld: Awakening" is the fourth film in the franchise and follows vampire warrior Selene as she leads the battle between Vampire and Lycan (werewolf) clans and humankind, who've launched a war to eradicate both species.

The 37-year-old British actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com that she had a difficult time training to fit into her black leather cat suit while filming in foodie capital "Contraband."

George Lucas' "Red Tails" grossed another $2.8 million on Friday, landing in the No. 4 spot in the box office and earning a $26 million gross.

The flick follows the Tuskegee Airman during World War II and according to the industry magazine, Lucas spent 20 years trying to get the movie maid but when he couldn't get any studio to finance a film with an all-black cast, he financed the film himself - putting $58 million into production and $35 million into distribution costs.

"Red Tails" stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and "90210" actor Tristan Wilds.

In the number five spot in Friday's box office was the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge," which features Elizabeth Banks and "Avatar" star Sam Worthington. The Summit Entertainment flick earned $2.5 million on Friday.

"Man on a Ledge" follows a former cop (Worthington) who threatens to jump from a Manhattan hotel window ledge. Officers, a SWAT team and fire fighters arrive at the scene and a female police psychologist (Banks) is taxed with trying to get him down from the ledge, but the situation turns out to be more complex than it seems.

Watch the trailers for "The Grey," "One for the Money" and "Man on a Ledge" below.

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