Weekend box office: Lone Survivor dethrones Frozen
For the first time in what seems like forever, a movie not named FROZEN or THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG managed to grab the top spot at the weekend box office. Instead, that honor goes to the Peter Berg directed and Mark Wahlberg starring LONE SURVIVOR (click the link to read our review). The true war film hauled in an impressive $37 million at the weekend box office, easily beating out the #2 film of the weekend, FROZEN. The other new films of the weekend didn’t do as well with THE LEGEND OF HERCULES pulling in about $8 million. To be fair, Hercules should be happy with that number since the film looked more like something you’d find going straight to video. The sad news of the weekend revolves around Spike Jonze’s HER, which may not even crack the top ten with barely reaching $6 million. I say “sad” because anyone that has seen it knows how good it is and knows that the film deserves more box office success than that.
Next week sees the release of the delayed JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT. The film was once slated to open up in December, but I guess next weekend we’ll see if it deserves the mid-January opening or not. We also get the Ice Cube, Kevin Hart starring RIDE ALONG, which actually looks kind of funny from the previews. I don’t have confidence in LONE SURVIVOR being able to hold on to the top spot, nor do I have faith in the Jack Ryan reboot, so I might have to put my money on RIDE ALONG claiming the top spot next weekend. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Lone Survivor $38.5m
2. Frozen $14.6m
3. The Wolf of Wall Street $9m
4. American Hustle $8.6m
5. The Legend of Hercules $8.6m
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $8m
7. August Osage County $7.3m
8. Saving Mr. Banks $6.5m
9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $6.3m
10. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $6.1m