|Still from Contraband|
No real surprise that Universal Pictures takes the top of the Box Office with their Action flick Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, with a total of $25 million from 2,863 theatres. Call it a comeback for Beckinsale who hasn't seen the top of the Box Office since 2006 with Adam Sandler Comedy, Click.
Landing in second is Disney's new and improved Beauty and the Beast 3-D, showing in 2,625 theatres with $18.5 million earned in its debut, just ahead of another Musical in Joyful Noise starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah with $12.3 million.
Still going strong in fourth is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with $12.1 million from 3,346 theatres in its fifth week of release, edging-out last week's champion The Devil Inside in fifth spot with $7.5 million. Both are from Paramount Pictures.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finally in its fourth week out recoups its $90 million budget with $7.3 million this weekend, good enough to place it in seventh.
The Iron Lady which is gaining most of its buzz on the strength of Meryl Streep's stunning performance as Margaret Thatcher, debuts in eighth with $5.3 million from only 802 theatres.
Two Animal-themed films, War Horse and We Bought a Zoo both round out the Top Ten in ninth and tenth spot with $5.6 and $5.5 million respectively.