Underworld continues to be one of the most inexplicable franchises out there – like the Resident Evil movies – in that the films in the series are not highly regarded, nothing about the films has achieved any real notoriety within the pop culture lexicon, they never even seem to inspire great enthusiasm even amongst their most loyal fans, and yet they consistently open to solid box office.
The combination of Kate Beckinsale once again slithering around in tight black fetish wear and vampires fighting werewolves in 3D took Underworld: Awakening to the top of the box office this weekend with an estimated $25 million, according to Deadline Hollywood, which is actually up from the opening of the previous Beckinsale-less threequel prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Don’t be surprised if Sony/Screen Gems announce a fifth Underworld flick very shortly.
Meanwhile, The Devil Inside… Ah, who cares at this point? The best found footage exorcism flick not titled The Last Exorcism is well out of the top ten and still poised to ends its domestic theatrical run at around $50 million minus whatever the cost is to clean off the dried food hurled at the screens around the country.
Next week: Liam Neeson fist fights the hungry wolves that have kidnapped his teenage daughter in The Grey.
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