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Mark Wahlberg's Contraband leads US holiday weekend

Contraband

Story by Jack Foley

MARK Wahlberg’s smuggling thriller Contraband looks set to comfortably win the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in the US after taking an estimated $24.1 million for the three days so far (Friday-Sunday).

According to estimates, which won’t be finalised until Monday morning US time, the film could well end up with $28.4 million across the holiday period, over-performing on early predictions.

The thriller sees Wahlberg playing a father who comes out of retirement to thwart a smuggling. It co-stars Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi.

Coming in second place was another of Disney’s 3D post-converted re-issues, Beauty & The Beast, which took an estimated $18.5 million and is expected to rise to $24.7 million for the four days.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol narrowly took third spot with a further $11.5 million, while gospel music comedy Joyful Noise is currently estimated to have taken $11.3 million, which means the positions could switch come Monday’s final figures.

Rounding out the top five was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which came in fifth with $8.4 million.

That figure was enough to beat last week’s surprise box office champion The Devil Inside, which finished the weekend with $7.9 million to take sixth spot.

Overall, box office figures were about even for the time of year, which on top of last week’s surprise record breaker with The Devil Inside means that 2012 has got off to a good start for the beleaguered studios.

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