Are you a fan of Breaking News?
Sign up to get the latest updates instantly.
Mark Wahlberg has been incredibly reliable releasing hit action movies in January and the Friday performance of "Lone Survivor" may make the movie something of a personal best. The true story of a 2005 SEAL Team mission in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong had a monster debut pulling in $14.4 million on its first day. That puts it's three-day estimate in the $40 million range. If "Survivor" ends up grossing over that number it will top "Cloverfield's" opening for the all-time biggest January debut. And with a budget of just $40 million, "Survivor" looks like a very profitable start to the New Year for Universal Pictures.
Continuing to impress in second place is Disney's blockbuster "Frozen." The animated musical took in another $3.1 million for $305.7 million to date. It's currently the seventh highest animated film of all time and has "Shrek the Third's" no. 6 slot in its sights.
The critically lambasted "The Legend of Hercules" landed in third with a $3 million opening day. It should earn $8 million or so for the weekend before quickly disappearing from theaters.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" took the fourth slot with another $2.7 million and $72.3 million to date. Martin Scorsese's latest has caused more controversy than perhaps distributor Paramount Pictures or the filmmakers anticipated, but they are hoping a number of significant Oscar nominations on Thursday will fuel its box office past $100 million.
One movie that should pass the $100 million mark by Sunday is David O. Russell's "American Hustle." The potential best picture winner took in another $2.5 million for $95.5 million to date. "Hustle" should also get a boost following Sunday night's Golden Globes where its expected to take a number of key prizes in the Comedy/Musical categories.
"August: Osage County" expanded to 900 theaters for a very good $2.2 million. It's earned $2.745 million since opening in limited release last month. Spike Jonze's "Her" expanded to 1,700 theaters for a disappointing $1.8 million in 1,700 theaters. Both films will be hoping for best picture nominations to keep their box office runs alive.
Look for complete weekend estimates Sunday on HitFix.