Last week, Frozen surprised us all when it returned to the number one spot at the weekend box office its seventh week out. This time around, the unstoppable Disney animated feature dropped to number two, being replaced at number one by Lone Survivor. Mister January Mark Wahlberg's Navy SEALs action film made $38.5 million for a three-week total of $38.8 million. Meanwhile, Frozen is up to $317.2 for its eighth week in theaters, $14.6 million of which came from this weekend. The Wolf of Wall Street made almost $9 million on its way to third place. (Scorsese’s ode to the '80s has raked in a total $78.5 million in three weeks.) The Legend of Hercules and American Hustle rounded out the top five with a tie: both brought in $8.6 million over the last three days. While the Kellan Lutz vehicle is new to theaters, David O. Russell's con thriller »
- Delia Paunescu
Weekend Box Office:
Frozen $15 million
The Wolf of Wall Street $9 million
The Legend of Hercules $8.6 million
American Hustle $8.6 million
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $8 million
August: Osage County $7.3
Saving Mr. Banks $6.5 million
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $6.3 million
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $6.1 millionLone Survivor95%MovieWeb: 5 reviews73%Rotten Tomatoes: 43 reviews2Frozen89%MovieWeb: 12 reviews84%Rotten Tomatoes: 13 reviews3The Wolf of Wall Street100%MovieWeb: 7 reviews75%Rotten Tomatoes: 26 reviews4The Legend of Hercules72%MovieWeb: 1 reviews4%Rotten Tomatoes: 5 reviews5American Hustle100%MovieWeb: 10 reviews93%Rotten Tomatoes: 7 reviews6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug95%MovieWeb: 10 reviews74%Rotten Tomatoes: 38 reviews7August: Osage County100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews67%Rotten Tomatoes: 16 reviews8Saving Mr. Banks100%MovieWeb: 5 reviews81%Rotten Tomatoes: 41 reviews9Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones58%MovieWeb: 3 reviews38%Rotten Tomatoes: 17 reviews10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues91%MovieWeb: 4 reviews74%Rotten Tomatoes: 13 reviews »
Pete Berg’s gritty combat drama Lone Survivor accomplished its mission at the box office this weekend. The film, based on the true story of former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, grossed $38.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, marking the second best January debut of all time after Cloverfield’s $40.1 million bow in 2008. Audiences, which were 57 percent male and 57 percent 30 or older, issued Lone Survivor a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, suggesting that Universal’s $40 million film will benefit from terrific word-of-mouth in the weeks to come.
- Grady Smith
Winners Of The Week: The Bergs. That'd be director Peter Berg and actor producer Mark Wahlberg. Their Lone Survivor, which opened wide this weekend after two weekends in limited release, proved the first surprise smash of 2014, topping the chart with an estimated $38.5 million. That's better than any three-day January opening except for the $40 million earned by Cloverfield six years ago. Plus, it marks an end to the streak of so-so January openings for Wahlberg (Contraband, Broken City) and reverses Berg's fortunes after the flop Battleship.
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Led by "Lone Survivor," which grossed double its expected amount and looks to be a powerhouse for weeks to come, this weekend continued the steady business of the last few weeks. The Top 10 grossed about $114 million, up a tick from last year, when three new wide releases grossed better than all but one of this year's two new ones. But despite the low take of flop "The Legend of Hercules," the top holdover films show strength above what is normally seen post-Christmas--before the upcoming boosts from awards and nominations. Several more limited releases expanded this weekend to varying results. Weinstein's "August: Osage County" was the clear standout, with a high PSA after a strong Saturday jump landing it at #7 despite being on only 905 screens, way above pre-weekend expectations. The much more acclaimed "Her" didn't even make the top 10, with a weak showing across the board. "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Lone Survivor, based on the incredible true story of 2005's Operation Red Wings, easily surpassed pre-release estimates. My choice for the best action film of 2013 finally expanded into theaters everywhere this weekend, pulling in more than $38.5 million while raising awareness and funds for charities that assist veterans including Got Your 6, the Navy Seal Foundation, and the Lone Survivor Foundation. Lone Survivor performed so well that it now sits as the second biggest January opening on record behind only Cloverfield.
Things weren't so rosy for the first of two Hercules movies scheduled for 2014. The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz, directed by Renny Harlin, and telling a Hercules origin story managed only a puny $8.6 million from 2,100 theaters.
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Box Office Report: Lone Survivor Plays to Packed Audiences originally appeared on About.com Hollywood Movies on Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 18:18:15.
Here's a lesson Hollywood might want to consider: Peter Berg's "Battleship" cost over $200 million and took $25 million on its opening weekend. By contrast, the tough adult war thriller "Lone Survivor" cost $40 million, and almost made up its budget this weekend earning $38 million and taking the number one slot. Just sayin' ... But other than the Mark Wahlberg-starring flick, the box office is still in that weird early winter period of awards season holdovers/expansions. The only other wide release was "The Legend of Hercules," and it's not a shock that a movie starring Kellan Lutz that looked like it cost about five bucks (actually $70 million) opened in fourth place with $8.6 million. Other films of note: Spike Jonze's "Her," pushed to over 1,700 screens by Warner Bros., took $5.4 million but wasn't able to crack the top ten. "Frozen" continues to fill the family audience void as it climbs over $300 million domestic and counting. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lone Survivor easily dominated in its first weekend in wide release. The real-life war drama took in an estimated $38.8 million from 2,876 locations – doubling its studio’s pre-release projection of $19 million. Along with its surprising windfall, Lone Survivor now claims the second-highest January opening of all time, behind the $40 million of 2008’s Cloverfield. Title Weekend Total 1. Lone Survivor $38,511,000 $38.8 2. Frozen $15,070,000 $317.6 3. The Wolf of Wall Street $9,000,000 $78.5 4. The Legend Of Hercules $8,600,000 $8.6 5. American Hustle $8,600,000 $101.5 6. The Hobbit 2 $8,015,000 $242.2 7. August: Osage County $7,315,000 $7.8 8. Saving Mr. Banks $6,578,000 $68.9 9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $6,300,000 $28.4 10. Anchorman 2 $6,100,000 $118.5 More box office news after the jump. Lone Survivor is based on a book by Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of a disastrous 2005 operation in Afghanistan. Not too long ago, a movie on this subject would have had a hard time at the box office; no one wanted to see war movies while our troops were still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the logic went. And »
- Nicole Pedersen
Universal’s Navy SEALs action-drama “Lone Survivor” led the domestic box office charge this weekend, estimating $38.5 million, making it the second-highest opening for a wide release or expansion ever in January.
The commanding performance for “Lone Survivor,” which just trails the January record set by “Cloverfield” in 2008 (with $40.1 million), still was unable to lift the weekend box office ahead of this time last year, as totals trailed that frame by roughly 5%.
Still, the Mark Wahlberg starrer easily knocked Disney’s family steamroller “Frozen” from the top spot after the film’s fourth-frame resurgence lat weekend to No. 1. “Frozen” fell to second place, though it still grossed a remarkable $15.1 million in its seventh weekend of wide release, down just 22%, for a Stateside cume of $317.7 million.
Internationally, “Frozen,” which earned $27.8 million from 50 markets, usurped Warner Bros.’ long-held overseas champ “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” grossing a second-place ranking $22.2 million in its fifth frame. »
- Andrew Stewart
Wow, I didn't see this coming and it's quite obvious neither did our Box Office Oracle or any one of the 101 readers predicting this weekend's box office as the highest prediction on our box office board was $26.6 million for Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, which ended up with a massive $38.5 million weekend as it expanded into 2,875 theaters and earned an A+ CinemaScore from Friday audiences. The total is enough for the second largest January opening weekend ever, just behind the $40 million brought in by 2008's Cloverfield and ahead of the 1997 re-release of Star Wars. Given it's one of my top ten movies of 2013 I'm happy to see the result. However, my #1 movie of 2013 didn't fair as well in its expansion. Spike Jonze's Her failed to crack the top ten as it expanded into 1,729 theaters, as it brought in $5.4 million for a $3,129 per theater average. I always assumed the concept »
- Brad Brevet
After weeks at the top, it has taken a tale of real-life heroism and military loss to displace Frozen from its place in the Us box office charts. While Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor hasn’t quite picked up the awards chatter some expected before release, it has certainly resonated with American audiences, scoring a coveted A+ CinemaScore rating and a successful $38.5 million opening.Frozen, meanwhile, made do with $15 million, though given that it’s already taken more than $317 million in the Us alone, that’s no big worry for Disney Animation, especially as the film has just won the title of highest-grossing Us release for the company over former champ The Lion King.Third was The Wolf Of Wall Street, with Martin Scorsese’s latest jumping back up on place for $9 million – and that’s despite the controversy about Academy Awards voters walking out over its overt sex and drugs use. »
In its opening weekend, "Lone Survivor" surpassed all expectations and raked in a huge $38.5 million in North America. The film nearly doubled studio estimates and scored the second-best debut for the month of January, after "Cloverfield" ($40.1 million).
"Frozen" slowed and fell to No. 2, taking in just over $15 million. The film's domestic total has now reached north of $317 million. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" rolled to third place, grossing $9 million and pushing its domestic total to $78.6 million.
Also opening this weekend, "The Legend of Hercules" showed little muscle and came in fourth with a take of $8.6 million. It was a disappointing opening for the epic against its $70 million production budget.
Take a look below for the rest of the top 10!
Box Office Top 10
1. "Lone Survivor" $38.5M
2. "Frozen" $15.1M
3. "The Wolf of Wall Street" $9M
4. "The Legend of Hercules" $8.6M
5. "American Hustle" $8.6M
- Jonny Black
New 'The Legend of Hercules' movie delivered great action,drama & more. Summit Entertainment released their new action/drama flick, "The Legend of Hercules" into theaters. I just checked it out, and thought it was great. It delivered up a ton of hardcore,fighting action, major drama, and more. It stars: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, and Rade Serbedzija. In the new flick, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) fell in love with a beautiful woman, named Hebe. However, Hercules gets betrayed by his stepfather, King Amphitryon, and ordered to go to war in an effort to have him killed. Meanwhile, the King ordered his real son, Iphicles, to marry Hebe, who was definitely not down for that. Eventually, Hercules and one of his soldier mates, Sotiris, were sold into slavery to participate in fighting contest for money, which their slave owners gambled. »
Chicago – Big-budget Hollywood is struggling to find new stories, which is why we sometimes see the same ones two, three or even 10 times. Sometimes they’re days or months apart. And sometimes they shouldn’t have been made in the first place and just were to profit from a beloved story or hero.
Here’s a thing that sure makes you go hmmm. The plot synopsis for “The Legend of Hercules,” which stars Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” fame and opened on Jan. 10, 2014 from the producers of “The Expendables,” is:
“The Legend of Hercules” is the origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather (the king) and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.
The plot synopsis for “Hercules,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and opens just 6 months »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With The Legend of Hercules, 2014 seems to have its first major 0% movie on Rotten Tomatoes. A couple other titles opening this weekend also have the same score, but Hercules is the only wide release among them. It will be interesting to see how the movie does at the box office, because obviously a lot of people are still going to see it. Millions of moviegoers ignore what the critics say on a regular basis, if they even are aware of what they're saying. Most of you readers are more savvy. Clearly, since you're reading a great movie blog run and written by passionate and knowledgeable cinephiles with the best opinions on the Internet. Seriously, though, you appreciate criticism, but sometimes you just really want to see Kellan Lutz with his shirt off. Or maybe not that...
- Christopher Campbell
Universal’s “Lone Survivor” continues to exceed expectations. Pre-weekend analysis that had the film around $15 million in its first three days was adjusted to $33 million Friday, and today jumps again with a finish around $38 million.
This may melt “Frozen’s” cold grip on the box office’s top spot, but the toon doesn’t slide far as it approaches second place with about $15 million.
Lionsgate-Summit opener “The Legend of Hercules” is headed to $8 million or $9 million this weekend after bowing to $3.1 million Friday. Right now it looks likely to wind up third in the domestic marketplace, but so many films in the top 10 this weekend are anticipating grosses in the $6 million to $9 million range, it could easily end in fifth or sixth against “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
- Michael Sullivan
Looks like January man Mark Wahlberg is going to score his biggest opening yet for the wintery month. The actor’s war drama Lone Survivor, based on the true story of Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, earned an estimated $14.4 million Friday for a likely three-day take in the $35 million to $40 million range. With an A+ Cinemascore and drawing both male and female audiences, the Peter Berg-directed movie is destined to be the first big hit of 2014.
- Nicole Sperling
Of the five movies opening nationwide as of Friday, only one was brand new – and it’s looking like a bit of a weakling. The Legend of Hercules, the first of two movies this year to star the mythic strong man, opened to a disappointing $3 million from 2,104 locations. That means that Hercules is likely to fall short of its (very modest) $10 million goal this weekend. Considering Hercules is currently rocking a 2% on Rotten Tomatoes, however, things could be worse for the son of Zeus. Among the four titles expanding their runs this weekend, the clear winner is Lone Survivor. After two weeks in two locations, Universal’s military drama took in an estimated $14.4 million from 2,876 locations on Friday. That puts Lone Survivor on track for first place with about $34 million this weekend. That’s well above the $24 million originally projected and tops the $24.4 million that Zero Dark Thirty realized after »
- Nicole Pedersen
The first thing one might expect in a film called The Legend of Hercules would be that it actually recounts some or all of the story of Hercules. Instead, Renny Harlin presents a derivative hodgepodge of several sword-and-sandals film mashed up with select Biblical imagery in a tale bearing little to no resemblance to the Hercules of mythology.
Scott Adkins appears as power-hungry King Amphitryon, who, after conquering his latest kingdom in single combat against its ruler, returns to his bedchamber where he finds his wife Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) bemoaning his cruelty. Alcmene flees his unrepentant presence to the temple of Hera and prays to the goddess for a child that will put an end to Amphitryon's cruelty.
- Mike Saulters
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