Fourth "Underworld" vampire movie leads U.S. box office

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Posted: Jan 22, 2012 12:18 PM
Fourth "Underworld" vampire movie leads U.S. box office

(Reuters) - New vampire and werewolf sequel "Underworld: Awakening" starring Kate Beckinsale rose to the top of domestic movie box office charts over the weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

The fourth movie in the "Underworld" franchise took in an estimated $25.4 million at movie theaters in the United States and Canada from Friday through Sunday, distributor Sony Pictures said.

"Red Tails," a George Lucas-produced movie about Tuskegee Airmen fighting in World War Two, took second place for the weekend with $19.1 million. Last weekend's winner - Mark Wahlberg thriller "Contraband" - slipped to third place with $12.2 million.

The movie division of Sony Corp released "Underworld." News Corp unit 20th Century Fox distributed "Red Tails," and Comcast Corp unit Universal released "Contraband."

(Reporting By Lisa Richwine)