'Lone Survivor' Delivers Second Best January Debut Ever with $37.85 Million

on January 13, 2014 by Shawn Robbins

Universal's Lone Survivor delivered the second best January opening weekend in history with a final result of $37.85 million earned between Friday and Sunday. That bests 1997's Star Wars: Special Edition ($35.9 million) and lands just behind 2008's Cloverfield ($40.1 million). Counting the film's platform release grosses, Survivor's domestic total is $38.23 million. Lone Survivor earned a strong $13,165 per location this weekend. The NFL playoffs likely deflated some of Sunday's grosses, however, that's nothing to be concerned about as the film has a bright run ahead of it thanks to very positive word of mouth, as evidenced by its "A+" CinemaScore and 89 percent Flixster user rating.

Frozen landed in second place this week, its 7th in wide release, with $14.7 million. That marked another strong weekend-to-weekend drop of just 25 percent. Disney's animated sensation has earned a whopping $317.3 million domestically so far and moved into the 34th spot on the all-time domestic chart--with more films it will yet surpass before all is said and done.

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street pulled another $8.84 million this weekend, off 33 percent from last week's frame. The controversial comedy/drama has tallied $78.4 million domestically up to this point. Following last night's Golden Globe win for Leonardo DiCaprio, and this Thursday's likely Oscar nominations for the film, Wolf should still have quite a bit of life left in it through January and February.

Lionsgate reports that The Legend of Hercules earned a disappointing $8.87 million in its debut frame. The 3D pic averaged $4,215 from its 2,104 locations. Unfortunately, The Legend of Hercules was unable to capitalize on leading man Kellan Lutz's semi-popularity from his appearances in the Twilight films. With a "B-" CinemaScore and 46 percent Flixster score, staying power isn't to be expected.

American Hustle swiped another $8.3 million this weekend, a 33 percent drop from last weekend that helped the film cross the $100 million benchmark. Domestic earnings now stand at $101.3 million, a figure which will continue to climb at a very healthy pace following last night's Golden Globe victories for Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and the film itself's win for Best Musical or Comedy. American Hustle is widely expected to rack up a number of Oscar nominations later this week.

August: Osage County fared well in its 905-theater expansion this weekend with $7.16 million for an average of $7,910 per location. With $7.7 million in all so far, the all-star ensemble led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts has easily been the film's best advantage so far. Although considered an underdog this awards season, any love from the Academy on Thursday could help strengthen the film's long term prospects.

Lastly, Warner Bros. reports that Spike Jonze's Her brought in $5.35 million this weekend as it expanded into 1,729 locations, giving it a $3,092 per-theater average. Those figures are quite modest, although not entirely surprising given the film's esoteric concept. Her has banked $8.75 million since opening in platform release over the holidays. The awards circuit is still an advantage for the movie, particularly after Spike Jonze's Globe win for Best Screenplay last night. Early word of mouth appears mixed with the film receiving a "B-" CinemaScore, but a very healthy 87 percent score from Flixster users so far.

Additional reporting by Phil Contrino

Tags: Lone Survivor, Frozen, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, Her

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