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Weekend Box Office Report: January 24-26, 2014

Jan. 26, 2014by: Dave Davis
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Ride Along is still cruising on top!

The cold temperatures (and lack of competition) are keeping Ice Cube solid, and his comedy RIDE ALONG remained at the top of the box office with an additional $21.1 million!

The PG-13 movie, co-starring comedian Kevin Hart, dropped a little less than half its business from opening weekend, and is already up to a 10-day total of $75.4 million.

LONE SURVIVOR was once again in the second slot with another $12.6 million as it takes aim at the $100 million mark domestically. Director Peter Berg's account of a Navy SEAL mission gone wrong is currently the highest-grossing wide release so far this year (it initially opened on two screens during the last week of 2013 for award contention).

The computer-animated family flick THE NUT JOB kept its claws on third place with $12.3 million, but when it comes to Disney's FROZEN, audiences just can't seem to... let it go (hurr durr). The frosty favorite moved up a spot from last week, taking fourth with $9 million as its global total climbs to $810.3 million, keeping it ahead of last week's new Chris Pine-fronted JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, which slipped to fifth with $8.8 million.

Sorry, doctor -- it's not alive, after all. The weekend's only new release I, FRANKENSTEIN opened in sixth place with just $8.2 million. The PG-13 action-horror flick, costing over $60 million and featuring Aaron Eckhart as a demon-fighting variation of Mary Shelley's classic literature creation, received a 'B' CinemaScore from paying customers but was brutalized with a 5% critical rating at Rotten Tomatoes -- just scraping past the 3% average of Lionsgate's other recent stiff, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES.

Between those two movies, it's not a promising start to the year for the studio... but at least they know they've got the next HUNGER GAMES movie (and possible highest-grossing release of the year, again) arriving later in 2014.

Director David O. Russell's AMERICAN HUSTLE had the best box office showing of the Oscar hopefuls, in seventh with $7.1 million and ahead of fellow award-seekers AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, which is closing in on $100 million (its reported production cost). Last weekend's new horror cheapie DEVIL'S DUE holds on to the bottom of the list.

Outside the chart, other Oscar candidates NEBRASKA, GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB were pushed onto a few hundred more screens to capitalize on their nominations, each picking up an additional million or two. Spike Jonze's HER was also once again just outside the Top 10 with $2.2 million, while THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG crossed $250 million but stands as the lowest moneymaker of Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptations (both globally and domestically).

Next weekend brings the Josh Brolin/Kate Winslet drama LABOR DAY (from JUNO director Jason Reitman), along with the romantic comedy THAT AWKWARD MOMENT.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Ride Along $21.1 M $75.4 M
2. Lone Survivor $12.6 M $93.6 M
3. The Nut Job $12.3 M $40.2 M
4. Frozen $9 M $347.8 M
5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $8.8 M $30.1 M
6. I, Frankenstein $8.2 M
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7. American Hustle $7.1 M $127 M
8. August: Osage County $5 M $26.5 M
9. The Wolf of Wall Street $5 M $98 M
10. Devil's Due $2.7 M $12.8 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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8:44AM on 01/27/2014
Any of you movie fanatics know how LITTLE a movie needs to start making to be switched over to $Dollar Theaters? We're really looking forward to taking the kids to Frozen w/out paying an arm and a leg. . . .
Any of you movie fanatics know how LITTLE a movie needs to start making to be switched over to $Dollar Theaters? We're really looking forward to taking the kids to Frozen w/out paying an arm and a leg. . . .
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4:51PM on 01/27/2014
There's not a certain number, but generally when a movie makes roughly $1mil in a weekend is when it goes to dollar theaters. Frozen is showing incredible staying power that hasn't occurred since Avatar was released in 2009, so my guess would be that it won't reach dollar theaters until early March.
There's not a certain number, but generally when a movie makes roughly $1mil in a weekend is when it goes to dollar theaters. Frozen is showing incredible staying power that hasn't occurred since Avatar was released in 2009, so my guess would be that it won't reach dollar theaters until early March.
8:18AM on 01/27/2014
How much did it cost to make I, Frankenstein?...... yikes
How much did it cost to make I, Frankenstein?...... yikes
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8:57AM on 01/27/2014
According to boxofficemojo, 65m. Don't think that includes marketing/prints etc. so probably closer to 100m.

According to boxofficemojo, 65m. Don't think that includes marketing/prints etc. so probably closer to 100m.

4:02AM on 01/27/2014
Was pleasantly surprised with Jack Ryan, thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately the critics are picking on it unfairly and seems to be suffering box office wise because of it. I hope it does well around the World as it'd be great to have a sequel and potential series.
Was pleasantly surprised with Jack Ryan, thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately the critics are picking on it unfairly and seems to be suffering box office wise because of it. I hope it does well around the World as it'd be great to have a sequel and potential series.
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3:33AM on 01/27/2014
I watched The Desolation of Smaug at the end of last year and came away thinking that, while it had some great moments (Peter Jackson being, after all, the same man who so skillfully adapted The Lord of the Rings a decade ago), it ultimately felt like little more than a theme park ride. The ridiculous story changes for the sake of more action (the barrel scene and the stuff with Smaug in particular) were one thing, but the 48fps and 3D certainly didn't help.

Then I watched 12 Years a Slave
I watched The Desolation of Smaug at the end of last year and came away thinking that, while it had some great moments (Peter Jackson being, after all, the same man who so skillfully adapted The Lord of the Rings a decade ago), it ultimately felt like little more than a theme park ride. The ridiculous story changes for the sake of more action (the barrel scene and the stuff with Smaug in particular) were one thing, but the 48fps and 3D certainly didn't help.

Then I watched 12 Years a Slave last week a film with no bells and whistles, minimal CG work, presented in regular, plain old 24fps and 2D and I came away utterly drained, as if I'd been through an emotional experience.

My point?

All the money in the world, all the fancy gimmicks and "enhanced experience" nonsense that is being shoved down our throats these days, are nothing in comparison to a simple, well-told story that engages the audience and feels genuine.

It seems to me that while The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be remembered in fifty years as being a landmark moment for cinema (be it in terms of successful literary adaptations or fantasy films being treated with respect), The Hobbit trilogy will be all but forgotten.
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6:35PM on 01/26/2014
Finally got around to seeing Dallas Buyer's Club and the film is amazing with a terrific, uplifting story with two incredible unrecognizable performances from McConaughey and Leto. Easily one of the best films of the year and one of my favorites of the year as well too.

Hope it does well at the Oscars next month.
Finally got around to seeing Dallas Buyer's Club and the film is amazing with a terrific, uplifting story with two incredible unrecognizable performances from McConaughey and Leto. Easily one of the best films of the year and one of my favorites of the year as well too.

Hope it does well at the Oscars next month.
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3:55PM on 01/26/2014
I guess we can expect to see Ride Along 2 in a couple years.
As much as I like Russell, I honestly thought his last 2 films were better than American Hustle. I have a feeling that like Argo, since it seems to be the most [link] type film this year, it will win best picture. Which wouldn't be awful, just disappointing since I feel some of the other nominees are stronger films. I still think 12 years a slave is my favorite of the nominees I've seen so far this year.
I guess we can expect to see Ride Along 2 in a couple years.
As much as I like Russell, I honestly thought his last 2 films were better than American Hustle. I have a feeling that like Argo, since it seems to be the most [link] type film this year, it will win best picture. Which wouldn't be awful, just disappointing since I feel some of the other nominees are stronger films. I still think 12 years a slave is my favorite of the nominees I've seen so far this year.
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