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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.


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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