Sideshow: 'Underworld Awakening' tops box office

Kate Beckinsale sat out the third installment in the vampire series but is back as Selene for "Underworld Awakening."
Kate Beckinsale sat out the third installment in the vampire series but is back as Selene for "Underworld Awakening." (MATT SAYLES / Associated Press)
Posted: January 23, 2012

Underworld Awakening, with Kate Beckinsale back in the role of vampire avenger Selene, awoke to the top spot in the weekend's box-office sweepstakes, with total receipts of $25.4 million in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates.

Beckinsale appeared in the first two installments of the undead franchise, but sat out the third. In Underworld Awakening, the fourth in the series, Beckinsale returns as Selene, newly thawed and cranky after 12 years of cryogenic freezing.

In second place with $19.1 million was Red Tails, from executive producer George Lucas, which tells the story of the World War II African American fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Last weekend's top draw, Contraband, with Mark Wahlberg, dropped to third, with $12.2 mil, for a two-week total of $46.1 million.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the 9/11 film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, took fourth place, with $10.5 million. Haywire, with mixed martial arts diva Gina Carano in her first film role, placed fifth with a respectable - and surprising - $9 million.

    

Heidi, Seal still together

Runway ruler and Teutonic goddess Heidi Klum and hub, rapper Seal, have not yet shredded their marriage license, despite weekend reports that they were about to join the sundering herd, our old pal, Anonymous Source, tells People mag. Source does acknowledge that the usually affectionate couple have been weathering the strains that distance brings. Seal has been travelling a lot, solo, in support of his new album, Soul 2. If that's so, then there's more strain coming. While they were together at home in California over the weekend, Heidi is off to Germany soon to work on the seventh season of Germany's Next Top Model, which premieres Feb. 23.

Red carpet season rolls on

The holidays may be over everywhere else, but in Hollywood, it's still the most wonderful time of the year: awards time. This weekend, it was the Producers Guild handing out the recognition, seconding the Golden Globes by bestowing its top prize on the silent flick The Artist.

Producer Thomas Langmann received the award for the film, which bested the George Clooney-starring Oscar favorite, The Descendants. The two films are likely to be in the field for best picture when the Oscar noms are announced Tuesday.

HBO's Atlantic City saga Boardwalk Empire won the producers' award for television drama series. The ABC sitcom Modern Family took the award for best comedy series for the second straight year. Other winners included PBS's Downton Abbey for long-form television, The Adventures of Tintin for animated film, Beats, Rhymes & Life for movie documentary, and The Colbert Report for talk and live-entertainment shows.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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