The Grey, Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson's latest action film, The Grey, lead the pack of a trio of new film releases, Box Office Mojo reports.

The Grey grossed an estimated $20 million in its first weekend of release.  Underworld: Awakening fell one spot to No. 2, taking in $12.5 million.

Box office: Underworld: Awakening comes out on top

In its first weekend of release, One For the Money came in third place, grabbing $11.7 million. Red Tails followed in fourth place with $10.4 million. Man on a Ledge, also in its opening weekend, completed the top 5, raising $8.3 million.

In sixth place, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close drew $7.1 million. The Descendants rose from No. 16 to No. 7, attracting $6.5 million.

Rounding out the top 10: Contraband (No. 8, $6.5 million), Beauty and the Beast 3D (No. 9, $5.3 million) and Haywire (No. 10, $4 million). Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol just missed the top 10, but became the highest grossing installment in the 15-year-old franchise, earning $571 million globally.