Out with the old, in with the new may as well be the mantra for this week’s box office chart.
Mark Wahlberg’s latest and a re-release of Walt Disney Studios’Beauty & the Beast in 3D pushed vestiges of the holiday box office lower.
Contraband, the story of a former smuggler forced to return to his life of crime in order to keep his family safe, debuted at the top of the North American box office chart with $24million according to data provided by Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com.
Beautyis following a similar path blazed recently by The Lion King, which performed well in re-release in a 3D format. For the weekend, it grossed $18.4 million, a hefty amount for any film, let alone a re-release. It’s a sure sign that parents are introducing the first and still only animated film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar to their children.
One of two holdovers to make the top five, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, continued to perform well, taking in $11.5 million to run its cumulative box office haul to better than $186 million. It will assuredly hit the $200 million mark domestically within the coming week to add to its $264 million international totals.
Coming in fourth for the week, Joyful Noise, the religious-themed musical movie that took in just $11.3 million. The movie starred Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Rounding out the top five flicks: another holiday holdover, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $8.4 million. Since its release the second in director Guy Richie’s Holmes series has grossed $170 million in North America and another $181 million overseas.
Two weeks into the year and box office numbers are up better than 14 percent over this time last year. No reasonable person can expect that to hold, but cautious optimism for a prosperous new year could be on the agenda.
Here are this week’s Top 10 movies according to Paul Dergarabedian and Hollywood.com:
Contraband (Universal) $24 million
Beauty & the Beast (Walt Disney): $18.4 million
Mission: Impossible (Paramount): $11.5 million
Joyful Noise (Warner Bros.): $11.3 million
Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.): $8.4 million
The Devil Inside (Paramount): $7.9 million
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Columbia): $6.8 million
Alvin and the Chipmunks (Fox): $5.8 million
War Horse (Disney): $5.6 million
The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company): $5.3 million