Crime drama Contraband had a better-than-expected opening weekend run at the box office, earning $24 million in three days and outpacing second-place finisher, Beauty and the Beast 3-D, by a substantial amount. The re-released Disney classic earned $18.4 million over the weekend—less than the 3-D release of The Lion King earned on its opening weekend last September, but still pretty good for a movie that’s only one year shy of being able to buy itself alcohol. The $11.5 million weekend gross of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, now out for over a month, brings its total so far to $186.7 million; meanwhile, Joyful Noise brought in only $11.3 million in its first weekend, landing it at number four. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (weekend gross $8.4 million, total gross $170 million) rounded out the top five.
Last week’s number one film, The Devil Inside, saw its grosses drop 76.58% from last weekend; its weekend gross of $7.9 million (total gross $46.2 million) and its position at number six seem to indicate that most everyone with any interest in seeing the found footage horror film has already done so.
Newly out in limited release were The Divide ($18,000), Sing Your Song ($12,301) and Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission ($1,700). Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin opened in limited release after its Oscar-qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles last month; the film earned $44,000 over the weekend, bringing its total so far to $83,297.
Out in wide release next weekend are Underworld: Awakening, Red Tails, Haywire and, expanding from its limited run, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Moviegoers living in select markets around the country will have much more to choose from, with Crazy Horse, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Coriolanus, Pina, The Front Line, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston and Watching TV with the Red Chinese all hitting theaters in limited release.