The Grey Leads Weekend Movie Box Office

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Liam Neeson is not stuck in the wilderness with the wolves. The poor wolves in the wilderness are stuck with Liam Neeson.

The actor's latest vehicle, The Grey, finished in first place at the box office this weekend, banking a strong $20 million in its first week of release nationwide.

Last week’s #1, Underworld Awakening, slipped to second, although the return of Kate Beckinsale as Selene added $12.5 million to a nice total of $45.1 million.

The second of three new arrivals at the movies this past weekend, One for the Money, settled for third place. The Katherine Heigl-led film made $11.8 million.

Rounding out the top five were Red Tails ($10.4M) and Man on a Ledge, which disappointed somewhat in its first week of release, earning only $8.3 million.

Meanwhile, a couple of potential Oscar favorites rallied a bit in the second half of our weekend top 10, which you can see in its entirety below:

  1. The Grey, $20 million
  2. Underworld: Awakening, $12.5 million
  3. One for the Money, $11.8 million
  4. Red Tails, $10.4 million
  5. Man on a Ledge, $8.3 million
  6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, $7.1 million
  7. The Descendants, $6.6 million
  8. Contraband, $6.5 million
  9. Beauty and the Beast, $5.3 million
  10. Haywire, $4 million