'Underworld' Shoots Down 'Red Tails' on Friday

'Underworld' Shoots Down 'Red Tails' on Friday
The late week indications that Red Tails might pull off an upset this weekend proved to be unfounded, as Underworld Awakening easily took first place at the box office on Friday. Red Tails did have an above-average turnout, though, and it should wind up on the high end of most expectations. The same can't be said for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Haywire, neither of which attracted a ton of attention. Also disappointing was the nationwide expansion of The Artist, which can't seem to get enough awards attention to overcome its black-and-white-and-silent challenge.Underworld Awakening grossed an estimated $9.4 million on Friday, which is the second-highest opening day for the series behind 2006's Underworld: Evolution ($10.25 million). With 3D premiums, though, attendance was probably at or near the series low. Still, it should easily claim first place for the three-day weekend with around $25 million, which is not bad at all for the
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