'Lone Survivor' Is the First Box Office Hit of 2014


As Mark Wahlberg's new movie "Lone Survivor" shows, there are some fights that you just can't win. Luckily for Wahlberg, however, the battle for box office supremacy is not one of those, as "Lone Survivor" easily topped the charts this weekend with an estimated $38.5 million.

That was more than enough to dominate a weak field of Christmas holdovers, award season niche releases and castoff duds left to die in the desolate January dumping ground.

In fact, returning champ "Frozen," which finished in second place with another $15.1 million in its eighth week of release, was the only other film to crack the $10 million mark. The big highlight of the weekend, if you want to call it that, was a scrappy argument over which film would come in third place, with "The Wolf of Wall Street" ($9 million) edging out "The Legend of Hercules" ($8.6 million) and "American Hustle" ($8.6 million) for that dubious honor.

There was at least one bright spot on the bottom half of the charts, though. The star-studded family drama "August: Osage County," which features heavyweights Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts going toe to toe, finished in seventh place with $7.3 million despite being limited to just 905 theaters, or less than half the number of screens of any other film in the top ten.

Next week should be interesting, or at least as interesting as January gets, as new releases "Ride Along" and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" look to wrest the crown away from "Lone Survivor." For now, though, here's a look at this weekend's top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:

1. "Lone Survivor" - $38.5m (our review)

2. "Frozen" - $15.1m (our review)

3. "The Wolf of Wall Street" - $9m (our review)

4. "The Legend of Hercules" - $8.6m (our review)

5. "American Hustle" - $8.6m (our review)

6. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - $8m (our review)

7. "August: Osage County" - $7.3m (our review)

8. "Saving Mr. Banks" - $6.6m (our review)

9. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" - $6.3m (our review)

10. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" - $6.1m