A few months ago there was talk of Oscars for Lone Survivor. While that talk has died down, the film can take plenty of solace from an exceedingly good US opening, where it took $38.5 million over the weekend (it had been playing on a couple of screens before that, but only so it could qualify for the Oscars, which demand a movie opened on at least one screen in LA or New York before December 31st).
It’s the second biggest January opening ever after Cloverfield’s $40.1 million. It’s also a lot better than most other movies that have concentrated on the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The only other new entry was The Legend Of Hercules, which placed fourth with $8.6 million. It’s not a great start but about in line with expectations due to its lack of marquee names. Kellan Lutz is Hercules, but even his copious shirtlessness couldn’t turn it into a hit. Modest marketing and the fact there was little to make it stand out didn’t help either.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of January 10th-12th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|3||The Wolf Of Wall Street||$9.0||$78.5|
|4||The Legend Of Hercules||$8.6||$8.6|
|6||The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug||$8.0||$242.2|
|7||August: Osage County||$7.3||$7.8|
|8||Saving Mr. Banks||$6.5||$68.9|
|9||Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones||$6.3||$28.4|
|10||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||$6.1||$118.5|