More vampires and werewolves at your local cineplex

January 20, 2012

Impatient Twilight fans rejoice: vampires and werewolves are staging another movie-theater invasion.

This time, it’s the fourth movie in the “Underworld” series starring Kate Beckinsale, which distributor Sony projects will ring up U.S. and Canadian ticket sales in the low-$20 million range from Friday through Sunday. The newest installment, “Underworld: Awakening”, sees humans trying to drive vampires and werewolves to extinction.

“Red Tails,” a George Lucas-produced story about Tuskegee Airmen starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., also reaches theaters. Twentieth Century Fox is releasing the movie and hoping for opening-weekend sales of in the $8 million to $10 million range.

Also this weekend, Relativity Media debuts “Haywire,” a spy thriller starring mixed-martial arts fighter Gina Carano. The studio projects domestic sales reaching about $8 million for the weekend.

Elsewhere, a couple of movies that picked up Golden Globes on Sunday will move into more theaters. Silent film “The Artist” won three Globes including best musical or comedy, while “The Iron Lady” scored best actress for Meryl Streep in her role as Margaret Thatcher.

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