How popular is mixed martial arts star Gina Carano?
Well, her big movie debut, Haywire, took in an estimated $9 million at the box office in its first weekend in theaters, good enough for fifth place, according to Box Office Mojo.
For those interested, Underworld Awakening, starring Kate Beckinsale, took number one with an estimated gross of $25.4 million.
Reviews of Haywire have been mostly positive. Roger Ebert, most notably, was especially complimentary of Carano, going so far as to say he expects her to be a "considerable box office success." From his site (read his full review here):
Her range is suggested by having placed No. 5 on a Most Influential Women list on Yahoo! and No. 16 on Maxim's Hot 100. On the basis of "Haywire," I expect her to become a considerable box-office success, because the fact is, within a limited range, she's good. In the movie's first scene, she walks into a little cafe in upstate New York, sits down, sips a little tea and had me hooked. She has the no-nonsense beauty of a Noomi Rapace, Linda Fiorentino or Michelle Monaghan.
Ebert goes on to say that Haywire "has no lasting significance, but it's a pleasure to see an A-list director taking the care to make a first-rate genre thriller."
To watch a trailer of the movie to see what all the fuss is about (and maybe just to find out if you're interested in hitting a theater) click here. To read a full review from our very own Jesse Holland click here.