1. Contraband – $24,500,000
2. Beauty and the Beast 3D – $17,748,000
3. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – $11,700,000
4. Joyful Noise – $11,255,000
5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – $8,605,000
6. The Devil Inside – $8,020,000
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – $6,700,000
8. War Horse – $5,933,000
9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – $5,900,000
10. We Bought a Zoo – $5,550,000
Contraband surprisingly took the weekend with $24.5 million dollars despite Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast getting re-released in 3D and Warner Bros sure-to-be-a-hit Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah musical comedy Joyful Noise opening on 2,500+ screens. Contraband was kind of a letdown, quality-wise, but I can see why most scurried out to see it in an otherwise dry January.
Beauty and the Beast fared well in second place with $17.7 million dollars, which isn’t Lion King money, but it’s still respectable for a re-release in 3D.
Joyful Noise opened in number three with $11.2 million. The studio estimated a little higher, but they forgot how much star power Mark Wahlberg really has! Wilson hated Joyful Noise, read his rant right here.
The rest of the weekend stayed pretty much the same, with The Devil Inside dropping a massive 76% in its second week. That’s much steeper than previous horror films, but it also opened a lot higher and was met with a lot of negative buzz because of its non-ending.