If you were wondering who would win in a match of tough girls at the box office this weekend (Kate Beckinsale’s vampire versus Gina Carano’s covert operator), you can stop wondering now. Beckinsale won the battle running away, her “Awakening” besting Carano’s “Haywire” by a healthy (obscenely, if you will) margin.
Beckinsale’s return to the franchise she helped create took top spot at the box office to the tune of a studio-estimated $25.4 million in its first weekend. “Haywire”, by comparison, floundered in fifth place with $9 million in its debut. The Steven Soderbergh-directed film boasted a bigger director and a bigger named cast that included the likes of Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, and Channing Tatum. “Awakening”, meanwhile, had … Kate Beckinsale in skin-tight leather.
As it turns out, it was no competition at all.
Meanwhile, the George Lucas produce and funded “Red Tails” came in at second place with $19 million. “Red Tails” is a film that belongs in a genre that traditionally has never really done well at the box office — WWII films about fighter pilots. Looks like George’s risk-taking paid off.
Last week’s #1, Mark Wahlberg’s “Contraband”, fell to third place in its second week with a nice chunk of change. The film’s $12 million take in its second week gives it $46 million so far, not bad for a movie made on a cheap $25 million production budget (by Hollywood standards, that is).
Via : Box Office Mojo