Box office roundup – Jan. 12, 2014 – "Lone Survivor" is lonely at the top

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

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.

Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures
Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures

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.


Summit Entertainment Kellan Lutz stars in "The Legend of Hercules."
Summit Entertainment
Kellan Lutz stars in “The Legend of Hercules.”

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.