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New 'Underworld' film tops weekend box office with $25.4M

Kate Beckinsale is shown in a scene from the movie, 'Underworld: Awakening.' (Screen Gems)

January 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
"Underworld Awakening" defeated the competition and rose to the top of the box office in its debut weekend.

"Underworld Awakening," the fourth installment in the "Underworld" series, made an estimated $25.4 million. Sony expected the movie to gross in the low-$20 million range.

Kate Beckinsale returned with a vengeance for the latest vampire action film after bowing out from the third. Analysts believe that's what brought movie-goers back to the franchise.

"Underworld Awakening" was shown for the first time in 3-D as well as on IMAX screens, where it made $3.8 million. That's 15 percent of the film's weekend gross, a record for an IMAX digital-only run.

"Red Tails" opened in second place with $19.1 million.

Last weekend's box office topper "Contraband" fell to third place with $12.2 million.

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" ranked fourth with $10.5 million, while "Haywire" opened in fifth place with $9 million dollars.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Underworld Awakening," $25.4 million ($13.4 million international).
2. "Red Tails," $19.1 million.
3. "Contraband," $12.2 million.
4. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," $10.5 million.
5. "Haywire," $9 million.
6. "Beauty and the Beast (3-D)," $8.6 million.
7. "Joyful Noise," $6.1 million.
8. "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," $5.5 million. ($9.4 million international).
9. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," $4.8 million. ($18.1 million international).
10. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," $3.75 million ($15.7 international).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.