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411 Box Office Report: Lone Survivor Takes out the Competition For #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.12.2014





It was a very good weekend to be Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg's latest film Lone Survivor had a monster weekend at the box office, opening at #1 in its first weekend of wide release with $38.5 million. The film, which is based on a true story about failed 2005 United States Navy SEALs mission, had been pegged for somewhere in the mid-teens and has given Universal a hell of a start to the year by wildly surpassing that. The film averaged $13,395 from the 2,875 theaters it opened in and looks to have a strong run thanks to great reviews and a rare A+ CinemaScore. The film has now grossed $38.9 million total from a budget of $40 million.

As a result of the surprisingly strong opening of Lone Survivor, Frozen was pushed to #2 in its eighth week. The Walt Disney Animation film grossed $15.1 million, down just 23%. It has now grossed $317.7 million domestically and $712.3 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million.

Coming in at #3 in its third week, up one position from last week, was Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. The film brought in $9 million, bringing its total to $78.6 million domestically and $97.1 million worldwide on a budget of $100 million.

The first Hercules movie of 2014 came in dead on arrival at #4. Kellen Lutz's The Legend of Hercules, directed by Renny Harlin, brought in just $8.6 million, averaging $4,087 from the 2,104 theaters in which it opened. The film earned terrible reviews and audiences who saw it were unimpressed, as indicated by the B- CinemaScore. The film--the first of two Hercules-related projects this year--had a budget of $70 million which the studio has very little chance of making back at this point.

American Hustle was steady at #5 in its fourth weekend of wide release with $8.6 million. The David O. Russell ensemble film is heads and tails ahead of the director's other films at this point, having grossed $101.6 million domestically and $118.6 million worldwide. Those numbers are only going to climb higher and higher once the Oscar nominations are announced. The film had a $40 million budget.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fell three places to #6 in its fifth week with $8 million. The film has now grossed $242.2 million domestically and $769.2 million worldwide from a budget of $225 million.

Coming in at #7 in its first weekend of wide release was August: Osage County. The dramedy, which stars Julie Roberts and Meryl Streep, scored a $8,083 average from 905 theaters for a first weekend of $7.3 million. The film is garnering very good reviews and is pulling in money based on that and the A-list cast. The film has grossed $7.9 million domestically and $10.9 million worldwide on a budget of $20 million.

Disney's Saving Mr. Banks slipped one spot spot to #8 in its fifth weekend with $6.6 million. The fact-based film has grossed $68.9 million domestically and $78 million worldwide from a budget of $35 million.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones took a long fall, dropping way down to #9 in its second weekend with $6.3 million. That was a seven-position drop for the film and a 66% fall from its opening weekend gross. That drop-off is quite high of course, but actually below the drop-off for Paranormal Activity 4 and about in line with Paranormal Activity 3's fall. This franchise has always had hefty second-weekend fall-offs. The film has now grossed $28.5 million domestically and $44.7 million worldwide on a budget of just $5 million.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues closed out the top ten, down four spots from last week with $6.1 million. The comedy has now grossed $118.5 million domestically and $153.5 million worldwide from a budget of $50 million.

The weekend box office tally was $141.5 million, up 0.6% from last year's take of $140.7 million that was led by Zero Dark Thirty's $24.4 million wide release opening.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Lone Survivor - $38.5 million ($38.5 million total)
2. Frozen - $15.1 million ($317.7 million total)
3. The Wolf of Wall Street - $9 million ($78.6 million total)
4. The Legend of Hercules - $8.6 million ($8.6 million total)
5. American Hustle - $8.6 million ($101.6 million total)
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $8 million ($242.2 million total)
7. August: Osage County - $7.3 million ($7.8 million total)
8. Saving Mr. Banks - $6.6 million ($68.9 million total)
9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - $6.3 million ($28.5 million total)
10. Anchorman: The Legend Continues - $6.1 million ($118.5 million total)





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