Box office roundup – Jan. 12, 2014 – "Lone Survivor" is lonely at the top
1. Lone Survivor – $38.5 million [debut week] Mark Wahlberg’s military drama fared better than his previous three films, “Pain and Gain,” ($20 million) “2 Guns” ($27 million) and “Broken City,” ($8 million) and was his best opening since 2012’s “Ted” ($54 million). It’d been awhile since there was a war theme film – 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty” – so you could speculate audiences were in the mood for a straight up action flick after December’s heavy round of Oscar contenders.
2. Frozen – $15.1 million [8th week; $317.7 million in total] Disney’s winter winner fell to second place, but again proves it’s incredible staying power despite several new releases.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street – $9 million [3rd week; $78.5 million] Leonardo DiCaprio’s comedy drama held up well in its third week as it closes in on $100 million.
4. American Hustle – $8.6 million [5th week; $101.5 million] The other big Oscar contender is steadily rolling along and held up well against this week’s new arrivals.
5. The Legend of Hercules – $8.6 million [debut week] The other big release of the week didn’t have the strength to do any better than the fifth spot. Look for the $70 million flop to quickly drop from the Top 10.
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I just noticed something that you might find interesting. This film BROKEN CITY is playing on Cable TV here in Vietnam. I saw it when it premiered last week. I know you did not recommend LONE SURVIVOR so I will wait for it to be on Cable here too. I assume I will not have long to wait.