Contraband Tops US Box Office

The new Mark Wahlberg movie Contraband has topped the North American Box office, taking in £15.7m on its opening weekend.

The action thriller pushed horror film, The Devil Inside, off the top spot before climbing 16 places to number one.

The film’s ratings increased over the weekend after cinemas began screening the movie more frequently. It total, it was shown on 2,800 screens and took in an additional £3.4m over the weekend.

The 3D re-release of the classic 1991 Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, came in second place, followed by Tom Cruise’s latest, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Joyful Noise, a musical comedy starring country singer Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, came in at fourth place, while the Iron Lady, which won Meryl Streep a Golden Globe, was ranked 10th place.

According to Nikki Rocco, Head of Distribution for Universal, the popularity of Contraband was down to Wahlberg’s popularity as a performer. Rocco added that the film, which was produced by British company Working Title, was cost-effective.

The company has produced many popular British films including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Johnny English and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

The film, which is a remake of the 2008 Icelandic movie, Reykjavik-Rotterdam, sees reformed smuggler Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) turn back to crime after his brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), gets himself into debt. Using his rusty smuggling skills, Chris must direct a group of criminals, corrupt cops and drug dealers to reach the cash in time before his wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) is targeted.

The fast paced film portrays the world of international smuggling, as well as exploring the lives of desperate criminals and corrupt officials; a world where you cannot trust anyone and death is always around the corner.

Contraband is released in the UK on March 16th.

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