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Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/17/2012

‘Contraband’ steals weekend box office


Chris (Mark Wahlberg) and Sebastian (Ben Foster) plot their next move in "Contraband." (Patti Perret/Universal Studios)
The new release “Contraband,” a smuggler movie starring Mark Wahlberg, ran away with the box office this weekend, earning $24.1 million. “Contraband” beat out two sweeter movies — “Beauty and the Beast 3D” and the Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah flick “Joyful Noise” — for the spot.

Now into its fifth week in theaters, Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol” also continues to do well, ranking third in the weekend’s box office numbers. Here are the weekend’s top grossing movies:

1. “Contraband,” $24.1 million

2. “Beauty and the Beast 3D,” $18.5 million

3. “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” $11.5 million

4. “Joyful Noise,” $11.3 million

5. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” $8.4 million

6. “The Devil Inside,” $7.9 million

7. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” $6.8 million

8. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” $5.8 million

9. “War Horse,” $5.6 million

10. “The Iron Lady,” $5.4 million

By  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/17/2012

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