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Underworld tops US cinema chart
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale stars in the sequel to 2003's Underworld
Vampire sequel Underworld: Evolution has gone straight to the top of the US box office chart, knocking basketball movie Glory Road into third place.

Starring UK actress Kate Beckinsale, Underworld: Evolution made its debut with $27.6m (15.4m) in ticket sales.

Hoodwinked remained in second place in the North America chart, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Brokeback Mountain, which won four Golden Globe awards last week, rose four places to number five.

'New momentum'

"The Golden Globes gave more validation and importance to the film, and the box office shows it," said Jack Foley, president of theatrical distribution at Brokeback Mountain's studio, Focus Features.

"It has created a whole new level of momentum."

The cowboy romance, which won Golden Globes for best motion picture and best director, took $7.8m (4.3m) in the US - an increase of 35% on the previous weekend.

Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah and LL Cool J, ranked in fourth place.

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