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Weekend Box Office Report: January 10-12, 2014

Jan. 12, 2014by: Dave Davis

Lone Survivor shoots to the top!

Audiences itching for a gunfight this weekend found just what they wanted, putting the unflinching LONE SURVIVOR at the top of the box office with $38.5 million!

The wide release of Peter Berg's ripping action movie drew substantially more attention than the director's previous and far more expensive (and presumably fictional) military exercise BATTLESHIP, which opened in May of 2012 with only $25.5 million. (Berg supposedly agreed to make that movie for Universal if they'd release LONE SURVIVOR in return.)

The brutal true account of a 2005 Navy SEAL mission gone awry (based on Marcus Luttrell's book of the same name) already almost made back its reported $40 million production cost and gained a decent reaction from critics (73% on Rotten Tomatoes), while paying crowds proudly saluted the soldiers with an 'A+' CinemaScore.

(Side note: To all those who are or have been in uniform, thank you for your service!)

In second place, Disney's FROZEN still hasn't begun to thaw, bringing another $15 million as it crossed $300 million domestically this week. Martin Scorsese's manic money movie THE WOLF OF WALL STREET moved up a slot this weekend to third with $9 million.  

The performance of the week's only brand new release wasn't particularly godlike -- THE LEGEND OF HERCULES opened in fourth with $8.6 million. Led by beefstick Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod, the $70 million swords-and-sandals fantasy from former blockbuster director Renny Harlin (who hasn't had a hit since 1999's DEEP BLUE SEA) was ravaged by critics (a pitiful 2% on Rotten Tomatoes), though audiences were a bit more charitable with a 'B-' CinemaScore.

AMERICAN HUSTLE stuck in fifth (the third R-rated release in the Top 5) with another $8.6 million as it hoodwinked its way past the $100 million mark, making it filmmaker David O. Russell's second-biggest movie after SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. We'll find out soon enough if it has similar awards triumphs.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG dipped to sixth with $8 million, and the A-list drama AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY added 900 screens and came in seventh with $7.3 million (and the second-highest per-screen average in the Top 10). SAVING MR. BANKS is still saving some bank, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES is a fading apparition in ninth with $6.3 million (a drop of 65% from its second-place opening last week), while ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES stays classy in tenth.

Outside the chart, Spike Jonze's techromance HER expanded to 1700 screens and just missed the list with $5.4 million, while GRUDGE MATCH and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY waved goodbye to the Top 10.

This week also saw THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE surpass IRON MAN 3 as the highest-grossing release of 2013. It may not prompt a paradigm shift, but with CATCHING FIRE and GRAVITY (and FROZEN, if you want to include animated characters) among the Top 10 biggest successes of the year, studio execs are going to have a hard time using that old "female-fronted movies don't make money" excuse when considering projects.

Next weekend offers several new wide releases, including Chris Pine taking over as Tom Clancy's CIA analyst in JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, thieving CG-animated critters in THE NUT JOB, more low-budget supernatural horror in DEVIL'S DUE, and stone-faced cop Ice Cube taking comedian Kevin Hart for a RIDE ALONG.

What is your favorite Disney-made animated feature? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Lone Survivor $38.5 M $38.8 M
2. Frozen $15 M $317.6 M
3. The Wolf of Wall Street $9 M $78.5 M
4. The Legend of Hercules $8.6 M
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5. American Hustle $8.6 M $101.5 M
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $8 M $242.2 M
7. August: Osage County $7.3 M $7.8 M
8. Saving Mr. Banks $6.5 M $68.9 M
9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $6.3 M $28.4 M
10. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $6.1 M $118.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:00PM on 01/12/2014

That B- audience score for Hercules is relative

We're talking about a movie that's got a 2% on Rotten Tomatoes, that probably made 50% or more of its total domestic box office with that $8.6MM so anybody who *botthered* to go see it was probably predisposed to either a) not have high expectations or b) doesn't understand quality so their B- is to real cinema quality what Rocky Dennis' mother calling her son handsome was worth vs. Hollywood's Sexiest Celebrities List.
We're talking about a movie that's got a 2% on Rotten Tomatoes, that probably made 50% or more of its total domestic box office with that $8.6MM so anybody who *botthered* to go see it was probably predisposed to either a) not have high expectations or b) doesn't understand quality so their B- is to real cinema quality what Rocky Dennis' mother calling her son handsome was worth vs. Hollywood's Sexiest Celebrities List.
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2:06PM on 01/12/2014

As for everything else:

I love to see a slow burn box office success like Frozen, regardless of the film's quality (not a statement about Frozen itself) and EFF YEAH for Lone Survivor succeeding like it has. Add to that excellent word of mouth and I foresee a robust $100MM box office minimum, with potential final domestic numbers as high as $150MM+. So awesome for such an important American story.
I love to see a slow burn box office success like Frozen, regardless of the film's quality (not a statement about Frozen itself) and EFF YEAH for Lone Survivor succeeding like it has. Add to that excellent word of mouth and I foresee a robust $100MM box office minimum, with potential final domestic numbers as high as $150MM+. So awesome for such an important American story.
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2:07PM on 01/12/2014
Great for Lone Survivor,I loved the book. I still have to check out the movie and I definitely will as soon as I can.
Great for Lone Survivor,I loved the book. I still have to check out the movie and I definitely will as soon as I can.
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2:14PM on 01/12/2014
Really liked Lone Survivor, loved Dallas Buyer's Club, The Wolf of Wall Street is fucking amazing, and despite all its flaws, I even liked Grudge Match (Alan Arkin made it)
Really liked Lone Survivor, loved Dallas Buyer's Club, The Wolf of Wall Street is fucking amazing, and despite all its flaws, I even liked Grudge Match (Alan Arkin made it)
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6:30PM on 01/12/2014
Saw both Her and Lone Survivor this weekend and absolutely loved both. Her is an incredible film and Spike Jonze really directed the film with every bit and ounce of love and energy that he had and it shows beautifully throughout the entire film. Definitely one of the best films of the year and one of my favorite films ever.

Lone Survivor just kicked ass all the way through and the story was terrific and beautifully directed with great performance all around. My audience was clapping by the
Saw both Her and Lone Survivor this weekend and absolutely loved both. Her is an incredible film and Spike Jonze really directed the film with every bit and ounce of love and energy that he had and it shows beautifully throughout the entire film. Definitely one of the best films of the year and one of my favorite films ever.

Lone Survivor just kicked ass all the way through and the story was terrific and beautifully directed with great performance all around. My audience was clapping by the end of the film and it was a great thing to see. Bravo to everyone involved in bringing this courageous story to life.
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10:43PM on 01/12/2014
Enjoy it dude. Let me know what you think of it.
Enjoy it dude. Let me know what you think of it.
7:39PM on 01/12/2014
Seeing Her tonight and really looking forward to it, even more after reading what you've said about it.
Seeing Her tonight and really looking forward to it, even more after reading what you've said about it.
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7:59PM on 01/12/2014
Was gonna wait for on demand for Lone Survivor, but after hearing fans and critics rave, gonna see it this week. And I thought Her looked good since I saw the first preview, want to see it, but that will be waiting for on demand. Too bad about Hercules, I love mythology, hopefully The Rock can make things right this summer. I bet if they made it a hard R, with sex and blood, it would have doubled that pathetic opening, although apparently nothing can salvage Klutz' acting ability.
Was gonna wait for on demand for Lone Survivor, but after hearing fans and critics rave, gonna see it this week. And I thought Her looked good since I saw the first preview, want to see it, but that will be waiting for on demand. Too bad about Hercules, I love mythology, hopefully The Rock can make things right this summer. I bet if they made it a hard R, with sex and blood, it would have doubled that pathetic opening, although apparently nothing can salvage Klutz' acting ability.
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8:20PM on 01/12/2014
Just wanted to thank you for making that Side Note. Class act.
Just wanted to thank you for making that Side Note. Class act.
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8:27PM on 01/12/2014
Glad to see Lone Survivor on top. It was a powerfully moving war movie, and one of the best in recent years. I'm also happy that Frozen has been doing so well, in a time when mediocre animated movies can make a lot of money, it is good to see one that deserves it. Wolf of Wall Street might be the best Leo/Scorsese film aside from The Departed.
Glad to see Lone Survivor on top. It was a powerfully moving war movie, and one of the best in recent years. I'm also happy that Frozen has been doing so well, in a time when mediocre animated movies can make a lot of money, it is good to see one that deserves it. Wolf of Wall Street might be the best Leo/Scorsese film aside from The Departed.
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11:42PM on 01/12/2014
Seeing legend of hercules make the top ten is very disappointing. More disappointing is not seeing Her break the top ten. It's just hard for me to imagine someone watching the hercules trailer and thinking, "Yeah definitely got to see that in theaters." To each their own I guess, but I hope more people check out Her, it really is something.
Seeing legend of hercules make the top ten is very disappointing. More disappointing is not seeing Her break the top ten. It's just hard for me to imagine someone watching the hercules trailer and thinking, "Yeah definitely got to see that in theaters." To each their own I guess, but I hope more people check out Her, it really is something.
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