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Weekend Box-Office: January 13-15, 2012

Jan. 15, 2012by: Dave Davis

Contraband grabs your dough!

This weekend's craving was clearly more for action than animation, and Mark Wahlberg was armed and ready for it -- his R-rated bullet-riddled thriller CONTRABAND took the top with $24.1 million in its first weekend. As the first action release of 2012, the remake of the Icelandic movie REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM (which starred and was produced by CONTRABAND director Baltasar Kormakur) was there to satisfy the gunfight appetite of audiences.

The 3D re-release of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST danced into second with $18.4 million, quite a ways below last September's $30M opening for THE LION KING's 3D reissue. Perhaps parents are tired of trucking the kids to theaters every weekend after the constant barrage of family material that's been hitting screens since before Thanksgiving. Or maybe when it comes to Disney's back catalog, Belle and her furry beau just aren't as popular as Simba's circle of life? Whatever the case, business should remain brisk on Monday as many people have the day off for the Martin Luther King holiday.

The weekend's other new release, the gospel comedy JOYFUL NOISE, landed in fourth with $11.3M. Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton were nipping at the dangling toes of Tom Cruise, whose skyscraper-scaling MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL was just above with $11.5M. Between the domestic and international grosses, the latest entry in the M:I action-espionage franchise has now climbed over the $500M mark.

Things didn't hold up nearly as well for last weekend's shocking first place finisher -- THE DEVIL INSIDE dropped 76% in its second week and landed in sixth place (behind SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS in its fifth week of release) with just $7.9M, an even greater plunge than the typical 60+% of many genre releases in their second week. Still, considering it's a movie nobody liked and it already made $46.2M on a miniscule investment, Paramount is cheerfully stuffing your cash into its pockets and trying to come up with the next inexpensive method to rip you off.

This week said goodbye to THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and WE BOUGHT A ZOO, as THE IRON LADY popped her head into the Top 10 with an 800 screen expansion from limited release (and the third highest per-screen average on the list). Outside the chart, there's still life in other awards-buzzed movies like TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (up to $15.1M), THE DESCENDANTS ($47M) and THE ARTIST ($8.7M), each of which are only on a few hundred screens.

Aside from the wide expansion of the 9/11 drama EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, next weekend is all about the action as Steven Soderbergh's HAYWIRE, the George Lucas-produced WWII story RED TAILS and the vampire sequel UNDERWORLD AWAKENING all face off in the battle to rule the box office.

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Contraband $24.1 M
NEW
2. Beauty and the Beast 3D $18.4 M
NEW
3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol $11.5 M $186.7 M
4. Joyful Noise $11.3 M
NEW
5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $8.4 M $170 M
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $8.3 M $87.9 M
7. The Devil Inside $7.9 M $46.2 M
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked $5.8 M $118.7 M
9. War Horse $5.6 M $65.7 M
10. The Iron Lady $5.3 M $5.9 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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6:58AM on 01/16/2012
Nice to see the december movies still making money & its awesome that Dragon Tattoo is still in the mix also. Guess it's a hit after all right?
Nice to see the december movies still making money & its awesome that Dragon Tattoo is still in the mix also. Guess it's a hit after all right?
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12:11AM on 01/16/2012

GREAT NEWS

HEY NOW Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is inching slowly to turning a profit.
Just about another 20mil will do
HEY NOW Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is inching slowly to turning a profit.
Just about another 20mil will do
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6:33PM on 01/15/2012
Although I'm a bit indifferent to "Contraband" at the moment, more people should take it as a sign that good old-fashioned R-rated action movies are here to stay.
Although I'm a bit indifferent to "Contraband" at the moment, more people should take it as a sign that good old-fashioned R-rated action movies are here to stay.
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7:57PM on 01/15/2012
Amen!
Amen!
6:32PM on 01/15/2012

I liked this movie better when it was called "Gone In 60 Seconds".

Contraband:
Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best-running contraband-to settle Andy's debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly
Contraband:
Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best-running contraband-to settle Andy's debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash.

Gone in 60 Seconds:
*MEMPHIS RAINES* (Nicolas Cage) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his *BROTHER*, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), botches a *CAR BOOST* for his ruthless boss, *RAYMOND CALITRI* (Christopher Eccleston), Memphis is forced back into doing what he does best-*STEALING CARS*-to settle Kip's debt. Memphis is a legendary *CAR THIEF* and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, *OTTO HALLIWELL* (Robert Duvall), to head to *LONG BEACH* and return with *50 STOLEN CARS*. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to *RETURN THE CARS*.

Lame Sequel, Obvious Remake, Blatant Rip-off...You be the judge
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5:35PM on 01/15/2012
Glad to see Wahlberg on top, proving this years January isn't so bad, and especially next weekend.
Glad to see Wahlberg on top, proving this years January isn't so bad, and especially next weekend.
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5:01PM on 01/15/2012

Contraband looked so meh.

I think Lion King made more money than Beauty and the Beast b/c Disney released it in theaters last year before the blu-ray release. Beauty and the Beast was re-released on dvd/blu-ray over a year ago, so I'm sure most parents/kids have seen it a dozen times already.
I think Lion King made more money than Beauty and the Beast b/c Disney released it in theaters last year before the blu-ray release. Beauty and the Beast was re-released on dvd/blu-ray over a year ago, so I'm sure most parents/kids have seen it a dozen times already.
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3:40PM on 01/15/2012

It's nice to see

that stars who risk stepping into original territory and play against their typecasting are rewarded at the box office.
that stars who risk stepping into original territory and play against their typecasting are rewarded at the box office.
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5:18PM on 01/15/2012
that was a joke, btw. or is there support for Contraband out there?
that was a joke, btw. or is there support for Contraband out there?
5:56PM on 01/15/2012
haven't seen contraband yet, but the original film is great, so i'm interested. btw, at least i assumed you weren't talking about queen latifah
haven't seen contraband yet, but the original film is great, so i'm interested. btw, at least i assumed you weren't talking about queen latifah
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