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Zoe Saldana: Hollywood's Newest Female Action Star

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Move over Angelina, there's a new female action star in town and her name is Zoe Saldana.

Saldana is carrying her first film, Colombiana, in which she plays an assassin bent on avenging her family's deaths. Despite a slow opening weekend thanks to Hurricane Irene, the film debuted at No. 2 and remains firmly in the top five.

At 33, Saldana is no ingenue. For one thing, she has been in the business for more than a decade. A classically trained ballerina, she got her break playing a dancer in Center Stage in 2000.

She went on to play the girlfriend of Nick Cannon -- in Drumline.

She also brought home Ashton Kutcher in Guess Who, the 2005 update of the classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. And she portrayed a young Lieutenant Uhura in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.

But it was her role as Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar, the biggest movie of all time, which put her center stage. Suddenly, Saldana was walking the red carpets, gracing the covers of magazines, posing for Calvin Klein underwear ads and making the best -- and worst -- dressed lists.

Saldana is a departure from the typical female action hero. Hailing from Queens, New York, she is Dominican and Puerto Rican and grew up, in part, in the Dominican Republic.

Last year, Saldana was the only woman to crack the top 10 of Entertainment Weekly's list of highest grossing stars under 40.

And she's not just popular with the male crowd, having made Maxim's Hot 100 list two years in a row

According to the market research firm CinemaScore, 57 percent of the opening weekend audience for Colombiana was female.

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'Colombiana,' 'Our Idiot Brother,' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Colombiana: Avatar actress Zoe Saldana plays an assassin seeking revenge against the mobster who murdered her parents when she was a child.  Rated PG-13.

-- Our Idiot Brother: Paul Rudd's Ned is a slacker who interferes with his three sisters' lives after his girlfriend breaks up with him.  Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Rashida Jones also star.  Rated R.

-- Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: A young girl discovers a portal to some hellish monsters while exploring her father's new mansion.  Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison star in this Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick.  Rated R.

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