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The leather clad female hero with double guns who fights vampires like no other takes the reigns at the box office this weekend as Underworld: Awakening brings in $25 million.

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Underworld: Awakening, the fourth installment in the action horror series staring Kate Beckinsale, is number one at the box office this weekend according to Deadline Hollywood. It earned $25 million in box office returns.

Coming in second was the George Lucas-produced action drama Red Tails about the Tuskegee Airmen who served during World War II. The film, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, earned an estimated $19 million.

Despite some negative reviews, Mark Wahlberg's Contraband had a good second week coming in third with an estimated $12.3 million. The action thriller is about an ex-smuggler who has to get back in the game to save his brother-in-law.

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The adaptation of the best-selling book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close came in fourth with an estimated $10.2 million. The film, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, is about a grieving boy who searches New York City for a lost message from his father who died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Coming in fifth with a disappointing $8.6 is Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, the story of a female agent on the run. It stars Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum.

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Coming in at sixth place is Disney's Beauty and the Beast 3D, earning an estimated $8.3 million. A sneak peak at Tangled Ever After -- the upcoming sequel to the Disney hit Tangled -- debuted with the film, giving movie-goers a little bit extra bang for their buck.

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The Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah musical comedy Joyful Noise about finding solace in song came in seventh with an estimated $5.8 million.

Hanging onto a top ten spot like a champ, Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol came in eighth with an estimated $5.7 million.

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And rounding out the top ten this week, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came in ninth at $4.6 million, and The Iron Lady came in tenth with $3.7 million.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures

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