In Theaters: 'Underworld: Awakening', 'Haywire', 'Red Tails'

Posted 10:31 PM January 19th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

We're officially out of the Christmas doldrums with three major releases coming to theaters this weekend: Underworld: Awakening, Haywire, and Red Tails. Let's see how these movies did with the critics and what they are projected to pull in at the box office.

After skipping out on 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Kate Beckinsale is back as the vampire warrior Selene in Underworld: Awakening. In the new movie, Selene discovers that humans have learned about the existence of vampires and werewolves and are out to exterminate them both with their bio-engineered weapons.

As of this writing, there are no reviews available at Rotten Tomatoes. Either Screen Gem didn't screen the movie for critics or they placed an embargo on them until Friday.

Going by the previous movies though, Underworld: Awakening should have a Tomatometer of around 26%, which is about what is expected for unexceptional genre movies.

Box office wise, Underworld: Awakening is projected to make somewhere between $21-$25 million over the weekend.

Director Steven Soderbergh managed to get a lot of name actors for Haywire. The movie stars former MMA fighter Gina Carano as a government assassin who is set up during one of her jobs and she wants pay those people back by beating them to a pulp. Along for the ride are Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, and Michael Douglas among others.

As of this writing, Haywire has a Tomatometer of 79% and is well-liked by the critics. As for the movie's main attraction, the critics mostly agree that the action pieces are well-staged, without too much exposition getting in the way.

Haywire is projected to make somewhere between $6-$9 million this weekend. In case anyone is wondering, Carano has a MMA record of 7 wins and 1 loss.

Last up, we have Red Tails, a WWII era war movie featuring an almost all-black cast. This is a passion project of George Lucas who wants to bring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen and have spent about $90 million of his own money to do so.

With a Tomatometer of 33%, only a third of the critics surveyed by Rotten Tomatoes liked the movie. Even though the movie is not written or directed by George Lucas, it has his signature all over it: corny dialogue, flat characters and a big helping of kitsch.

Red Tails is projected to make somewhere between $9-18 million at the box office. The range is certainly large with this one.

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