Sony's Underworld Awakening rounded out its first week in theatres on Thursday with a first place take of $1.54 million. The 3D action sequel starring Kate Beckinsale was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance. Underworld Awakening was the week's top film with a seven-day start of $32.63 million. That places the film 27.5 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and 2 percent behind the pace of 2006's Underworld: Evolution. Underworld Awakening received an added boost this week from higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions.
Fox's Red Tails grossed $0.99 million to remain in second place. The Lucasfilm produced WWII film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard was up 2 percent over Wednesday. Red Tails took second place for the week with a seven-day start of $23.38 million. That was on the high end of the film's rising pre-release expectations. Without taking into account twelve years of ticket price inflation, Red Tails is currently running 37 percent ahead of the pace of 2000's Men of Honor.
Contraband held steady in third place with $0.89 million. The Mark Wahlberg action vehicle from Universal was up 2 percent over Wednesday and down a respectable 43 percent from last Thursday. Contraband took third place for the week with $15.97 million. That was down 53 percent from the previous frame and places the film's two-week total at a better than expected $49.87 million.
Best Picture nominee Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close grossed $0.77 million to take fourth. The Warner Bros. drama was unchanged from Wednesday. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close placed in fourth for the week with $13.27 million and has now grossed $13.96 million to date. The film will hope to hold up well this weekend thanks in part to buzz generated from its Best Picture nomination.
Haywire fell 2 percent from Wednesday to round out the day's unchanged top five with $0.62 million. The Steven Soderbergh directed action thriller took fifth place for the week with $11.28 million. That was in line with the film's modest expectations and places it 58 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Warrior.