Weekend Receipts: Underworld: Awakening Comes Out Guns Blazing-ish
Everything old was new again this weekend at the box office, with a third sequel and a WWII film cruising to the lead opposite pockets of crummy weather and a pair of NFL playoff games that were about as good as they could possibly be. What hit? What kind of didn't? Your Weekend Receipts are here.
1. Underworld: Awakening
Gross: $25,400,000 (new)
Screens: 3,078 (PSA $8,252)
And with this windfall -- combined with the return of original star Kate Beckinsale -- the Underworld franchise crosses hallowed box-office milestone threshold of... $300 million? Globally? Four films, $300 million? Not that you or I personally would turn our noses up at a check for $300 million, but we're not making midwinter mass-pop vampire/lycan confections. Thank God for DVD/cable! Keep those revenue streams flowing! Related: I think I am going to throw up.
2. Red Tails
Gross: $19,100,000 (new)
Screens: 2,512 (PSA $7,604)
Gross: $12,200,000 ($46,100,000)
Screens: 2,870 (PSA $4,251)
Weeks: 2 (Change: -49.9%)
Underworld: Awakening's big huge boring shrug notwithstanding, let's give Beckinsale some credit for being the first star since -- wait for it -- Kellan Lutz to have two films in the weekend's top three finishers. Don't say you're not impressed.
4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Gross: $10,545,000 ($11,237,000)
Screens: 2,630 (PSA: $4,010)
Weeks: 5 (+11,484%)
Expanding by more than 2,600 screens, The Daldry admirably battled some of the year's most vicious reviews to date, settling snugly into fourth place and a (very) modest per-screen average just over $4,000. For those keeping score at home, that would make ELAIC the lowest-averaging Sandra Bullock wide opening in a decade (Murder by Numbers, $3,495 PSA) and the lowest-averaging Tom Hanks wide opening since 2007 (Charlie Wilson's War, $3,750). Playing Jeopardy!, Thomas Horn made more than seven times the amount that most theaters took in over roughly a day and a half of ELAIC screenings.
Gross: $8,410,000 (New)
Screens: 2,439 (PSA $3,690)
Meanwhile, Gina Carano is like, "I quit cage-fighting for this?" Don't give up, Gina! You could be the next Kate Beckinsale! Wait, that came out wrong.
[Figures via Box Office Mojo]