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Contraband steals No. 1 at the box office

Jenna Milly is a screenwriter. She co-created the TBS microseries "Gillian in Georgia." She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Sh...

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In a surprise move from a film that had critics scratching their heads, Contraband smuggled more than its fair share of box office love, making it number one this weekend.

Contraband

Mark Wahlberg stars in the action-thriller, Contraband, about an ex-smuggler who has to get back in the game to save his brother-in-law, played by Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar, The Rum Diary, Gone in Sixty Seconds). Kate Beckinsale plays Wahlberg's gorgeous wife. With a star-studded cast like this it's no wonder the film raked in an estimated $24 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Disney's rerelease in 3-D of Beauty in the Beast did well with an estimated $18 million, giving it the number two ranking of the holiday weekend. Figures reportedly were up from last year's Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Fans of Disney's mega-hit Tangled got to catch a glimpse of a sequel short film that aired before the main feature. Tangled Ever After gave audiences a look at the royal wedding between Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

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Tom Cruise's unstoppable Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol slipped to third place with an estimated gross of $11.5 million. Not bad for the TV-series-turned-action-film-franchise that's made Cruise everyone's golden boy once again.

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Another newcomer this week, Joyful Noise, the musical comedy starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton underperformed by grabbing fourth place with only $11.3 million.

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Coming in fifth was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. follow-up to the 2009 original, a new gritty series from Guy Ritchie. The film grossed an estimated $8.4 million.

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The former number one spot-holder, The Devil Inside, dropped to sixth place this week, earning an estimated $7.9 million. The low-budget horror could only sustain its top spot for so long.

Rounding out the top ten were The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo coming in seventh with $6.8 million, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked coming in eighth with $5.8 million and War Horse coming in ninth with $5.6 million.

Meryl Streep's bio-pic, The Iron Lady, about Britain's first female Prime Minster Margaret, grabbed a top 10 spot coming in tenth with an estimated $5.3.

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Photo credit: Universal Pictures
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