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The Afghan war drama “Lone Survivor” blasted past expectations and its rivals with a huge $14.4 million Friday, and the gritty tale of courage and honor is on pace for a weekend in the $38 million range. That’s double the business that distributor Universal and analysts were expecting from the R-rated battle saga starring Mark Wahlberg and Emile Hirsch, which details a Navy Seal mission gone awry. The searing and violent tale of military heroism was a hit with critics, but the massive Friday showing indicates its patriotic themes struck a major chord with mainstream audiences – who not only showed »

- Todd Cunningham

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