- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kate Beckinsale returned to the “Underworld” as the vampire warrior Selene and helped propel the fourth film in the franchise, “Underworld Awakening,” to a first-place debut with $25.3 million. Last week’s No. 1 movie, the thriller “Contraband,” fell to third place with just over $12 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “Underworld Awakening,” Sony Screen Gems, $25,306,725, 3078 locations, $8,222 average, $25,306,725, one week.

2. “Red Tails,” Fox, $18,782,154, 2512 locations, $7,477 average, $18,782,154, one week.

3. “Contraband,” Universal, $12,039,605, 2870 locations, $4,195 average, $45,937,525, two weeks.

4. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” Warner Bros., $10,045,332, 2630 locations, $4,083 average, $10,737,239, five weeks.

5. “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney, $8,779,676, 2625 locations, $3,345, $33,588,056, two weeks.

6. “Haywire,” Relativity Media, $8,425,370, 2439 locations, $3,454 average, $8,425,370, one week.

7. “Joyful Noise,” Warner Bros., $5,917,437, 2735 locations, $2,164 average, $21,745,419, two weeks.

8. “Mission: Impossible _ Ghost Protocol,” Paramount, $5,554,254, 2519 locations, $2,205 average, $197,363,441, six weeks.

9. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” Warner Bros., $4,515,497, 2485 locations, $1,817 average, $178,321,726, six weeks.

10. “The Iron Lady,” Weinstein Co., $3,684,279, 1076 locations, $3,424 average, $12,585,958, four weeks.

11. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Sony, $3,528,514, 1907 locations, $1,850 average, $94,553,582, five weeks.

12. “War Horse,” Disney, $3,150,502, 2525 locations, $1,248 average, $72,285,180, five weeks.

13. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Fox, $3,076,168, 2070 locations, $1,486 average, $124,682,205, six weeks.

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