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Box office: 'Contraband' tops 'Beauty and the Beast 3-D' [Video]

January 16, 2012 |  2:01 pm

Contraband was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
"Contraband" ran off with the lion's share of the profits at the box office this weekend, as the action thriller beat out a 3-D re-release of "Beauty and the Beast" to claim the No. 1 spot.

The film starring Mark Wahlberg grossed a studio-estimated $28.8 million, while the updated version of the animated fairy tale took in $23.5 million. The weekend's third new release, the faith-based drama "Joyful Noise," debuted with an underwhelming $13.8 million.

The strong opening for "Contraband" secured Wahlberg's status as an action star, as it marked one of his best debuts as a leading man in recent years. "Joyful Noise," which stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, meanwhile, heralded its leading ladies' lack of clout at the box office. Parton hasn't been on the big screen in nearly two decades, and Latifah's last movie' "Just Wright'" flopped in 2010 with only $21.5 million in all.

For more on the weekend's hits and misses, check out this week's box-office video report.


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Photo: Mark Wahlberg stars in "Contraband." Credit: Universal Pictures