Weekend Wrap-Up

Lone Survivor Wallops Hercules at the Box Office

By John Hamann

January 12, 2014

Tim Riggins yeah.

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The Legend of Hercules somehow manages to grab a tie for fourth place. Hercules, with its 2% fresh rating and B- Cinemascore, still managed to pull in $8.6 million. Lionsgate obviously had no faith in Hercules, as it released the film to only 2,104 venues. The $70 million flick won’t earn half that stateside, but I won’t be surprised if this gem breaks out overseas.

Sixth is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Peter Jackson sequel is fading fast, as it could only manage $8 million, off a large 49% compared to last weekend. It lost about 700 screens compared to last weekend, and the audience has left with those screens. Still, Desolation of Smaug has turned in $242.9 million domestically, and has cleared sitting at $527 million overseas.

August: Osage County is seventh, as The Weinstein Company expands its chick flick. Out to 905 venues, the Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts film (just to name a few) earned $7.3 million. That gives it a decent, but not spectacular venue average of $8,083. Made for $25 million, August is going to have get a whole bunch of Oscar nominations if it hopes to stay relevant, but as this point it doesn’t feel like it’s going to break out.

Eighth is Saving Mr. Banks, which holds well this weekend. The Disney movie about Disney earned another $6.6 million this weekend, which means it was off only 24% compared to last weekend. Mr. Banks used the holiday box office season perfectly, though, and despite never getting higher in the top ten than number five, Banks has a gross so far of $68.9 million, versus a production budget of only $35 million.


Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones moves from second spot last weekend to ninth this weekend (ouch). The Marked Ones could only muster $6.3 million in its second frame, which is a 66% loss from last weekend. Remember, though, it only cost $5 million to make, so a gross so far of $28.5 million is fine with those involved.

Tenth goes to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which earned $6.1 million this weekend. The Will Ferrell comedy was off 43% compared to last weekend, and has a strong domestic gross so far of $118.5 million. It’s also picked up another $35 million overseas, all against a production cost of $50 million.

In other box office news this weekend, Spike Jonze’s Her finishes outside of the top ten this weekend, but the weekend take of $5.4 million from 1,729 venues isn’t all bad, because it is likely a word of mouth of release. After several weekends in limited release, Her has a gross so far of $8.8 million. Inside Llewyn Davis also expanded this weekend to 729 venues, and earned $1.9 million.

Lastly, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned another $4.6 million this weekend, bringing the total for the massive sequel up to $414 million. That’s enough to get past Iron Man 3’s take of $409 million to become the biggest grosser of 2013.

Overall this weekend, the top 12 films at the box office earned $124.1 million this weekend, slightly ahead of last year when the top 12 was led by Zero Dark Thirty to $121.4 million. Next weekend we get more new product, as Paramount releases Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Fox releases the horror flick Devil’s Due, Open Road goes for The Nut Job, and Ice Cube and Kevin Hart go on a Ride Along for Universal.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/10/14-1/12/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Lone Survivor UNIVERSAL $38,510,625 + 45283% $38,892,186
2 Frozen DISNEY $15,070,000 - 23% $317,661,000
3 The Wolf of Wall Street PARAMOUNT $9,000,000 - 32% $78,587,000
4 American Hustle SONY $8,600,000 - 31% $101,563,000
4 The Legend of Hercules Lionsgate $8,600,000 New $8,600,000
6 The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug WARNER BROS. $8,015,000 - 49% $242,219,000
7 August: Osage County Weinstein Co. $7,315,000 + 5128% $7,860,385
8 Saving Mr. Banks DISNEY $6,578,000 - 24% $68,949,000
9 Paranormal Activity: the Marked Ones PARAMOUNT $6,300,000 - 66% $28,471,000
10 Anchorman 2 PARAMOUNT $6,100,000 - 43% $118,518,000
11 Her WARNER BROS. $5,410,000 + 649% $8,809,000
12 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate $4,600,000 - 35% $413,992,651
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Paramount $4,400,000 - 45% $52,690,800
  Grudge Match WARNER BROS. $1,970,000 - 63% $28,473,000
  47 Ronin UNIVERSAL $1,522,080 - 70% $36,321,965
  Walking With Dinosaurs Fox $1,300,000 - 65% $33,609,000
  Inside Llewyn Davis Cbs Films $1,876,000 + 74% $9,309,126
  Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Weinstein Co. $265,000 - 75% $7,750,203
  Philomena Weinstein Co. $1,360,000 - 6% $21,916,028
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $820,000 + 33% $8,150,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $242,000 - 20% $16,684,083
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $267,000 - 19% $38,900,800
  Gravity WARNER BROS. $421,000 - 12% $256,227,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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