‘Red Tails’ Takes Second Place at Box Office

HOLLYWOOD – According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Red Tails” brought in $19.1 million for a solid number 2 placing at the box office in its opening weekend. The film finished closely behind “Underworld Awakening” – which took in $25.4 million.

Producer George Lucas spent 20 years pursuing the project that chronicled one of the many storied experiences of Tuskegee Airmen. Lucas revealed he couldn’t get any studio to finance the film because of the storyline and the all-black cast. He finally decided to put up the money himself – which cost him $58 million on the production budget and another $35 in distribution costs.

The entire top ten for the weekend’s domestic box office is a follows:
1. Underworld: Awakening (1), Sony/3,078, $25.4 million
2. Red Tails (1), Fox/2,512, $19.1 million
3. Contraband (2), Universal/2,870, $12.2 million, $46.1 million
4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (5), Warner Bros./2,630, $10.5 million, $11.2 million
5. Haywire (1), Relativity Media/2,439, $9 million
6. Beauty and the Beast (3D) (2), Disney/2,625, $23.5 million, $33.4 million
7. Joyful Noise (2), Warner Bros./Alcon/2,735, $6.1 million, $21.9 million
8. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (6), Paramount/2,519, $5.5 million, $197.3 million
9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (6), Warner Bros./2,485, $4.8 million, $178.6 million
10. The Iron Lady (4), Weinstein Co./1,076, $3.7 million, $12.6 million.

Information from The Hollywood Reporter Contributed to this report.