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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Lone Survivor’ Screens as Lone Victor

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New releases have a habit of floundering in January, which tends to be one of Hollywood’s biggest dumping grounds.

Even this year’s big January horror release, which is commonly a sure thing, floundered.

What does tend to do well are the prestige pictures which opened late in the previous year (often in limited release) and expand in the new year, riding awards momentum to solid box-office receipts.

Peter Berg’s “Lone Survivor” emerged from limited release last week to rise at the box office.

Film Weekend To Date
1 Lone Survivor $38.5 million $38.9 million
2 Frozen $15.1 million $317.7 million
3 The Wolf of Wall Street $9.0 million $78.6 million
4 The Legend of Hercules $8.6 million $8.6 million
5 American Hustle $8.6 million $101.6 million
6 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $8.1 million $242.4 million
7 August: Osage County $7.3 million $7.9 million
8 Saving Mr. Banks $6.6 million $68.9 million
9 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $6.3 million $28.5 million
10 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $6.1 million $118.5 million

 

With a $38 million opening weekend, the Afghanistan-set war movie “Lone Survivor” has effortlessly become one of the most successful movies dealing with this particular subject matter.

If “The Hurt Locker” can win best picture with anemic box-office numbers, does this mean “Lone Survivor” has gold in its future?

In second place, Disney’s “Frozen” continued to heat up  the charts, grossing $15 million for a $317 million total. That puts it only $50 million away from “Despicable Me 2,” which is currently the highest-grossing animated film released in 2013.

In third place, “The Wolf of Wall Street” held on, grossing $9 million for a $78 million total. . Meanwhile, “American Hustle,” the other movie about white collar criminals in the top 10, crossed the $100 million mark.

Meanwhile, “The Legend of Hercules” came out as a weakling.

The bottom half of the top 10 this week was led by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which is  looking like the lowest grossing Middle-earth movie to date. It appears the film’s final gross will be in the neighborhood of $270 million.

Like “Lone Survivor,” “August: Osage County” also expanded screens and grossed $7 million.

Right below it, “Saving Mr. Banks” did much better, with $68 million grossed so far.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” plummeted 65 percent and fell seven spots since last weekend. It’s undoubtedly going to be the lowest grossing film in the franchise, but is it a full-on franchise killer? “Paranormal Activity 5″ is still in the works.

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