Sony's 'Underworld' installment earns $9.4 mil; pic expected to win weekend

Sony’s occult actioner “Underworld Awakening” took the domestic B.O. yesterday with about $9.4 million.

The franchise fourth is keeping pace with studio estimates that have it earning in the mid-$20 million range to win the weekend. Pic is the first to feature 3D and the first to star Kate Beckinsale since 2006’s “Underworld: Evolution,” which Sony is hoping will give the film better business in holdover frames than its predecessors.

“Awakening” is outpacing all previous “Underworld” installments except “Evolution,” which grossed $10.2 million on opening night.

Fox’s “Red Tails” grossed $6 million Friday to place second. Going into the weekend, Fox delivered a conservative estimate in the high single digits for the frame, while other B.O. observers expect “Red Tails” to land in the mid-teens and yesterday’s gross seems to support that.

Universal holdover “Contraband” earned $3.7 yesterday, putting it just ahead of Warner Bros.’ “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” which opened wide in its fifth frame to earn $3.2 million yesterday. Pics have cumed $37.6 million and $3.9 million, respectively.

Finally, Relativity opener “Haywire” bowed to $2.9 million yesterday. The Steven Soderbergh pic is expected to fall in the high single digits this frame.

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