Rounding out the weekend of January 10-12, 2014, Lone Survivor dominated over the competition, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
Januarys are a slow time at the cinemas. Studios are too focused on the Oscars that they will throw anything they aren’t too confident about at audiences to see what works. Like clockwork the new release of the weekend, The Legend of Hercules, didn’t land with moviegers and ended up in third with a total domestic gross of $8.86 million. With a $70 million budget, we can say that isn’t a very great return on investment.
The bigger winner this weekend was Lone Survivor, which opened wide to an additional 2,873 theaters. Universal hit big with a whopping $37.84 million for Lone Survivor, which is the second highest opening weekend for a January film ever; the first being Cloverfield with $40 million.
Falling to second was Disney’s Frozen, which only fell 24.8 percent to earn another $14.72 million. The House of Mouse continues to dominate, and we can expect huge numbers when Frozen releases on home video on March 18.
Both The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle held positions in their respective fourth and fifth places. Wolfie banked an additional $8.83 million while Hustle took home $8.30 million. I’m sure the Golden Globes this weekend had audiences’ interests piqued to see what the hubbub is all about.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug finally dropped out of the top five for once. Grossing $8.02 million for the weekend, The Hobbit sequel has now earned $242.2 million. Smaug is about $60 million behind An Unexpected Journey and finds itself in last place among the J.R.R. Tolkien–Peter Jackson adaptations. This does not bode well for There and Back Again.
August: Osage County, Her, and Inside Llewyn Davis also had a wide release this weekend. Osage County found a place in an additional 900 theaters and came in seventh with $7.15 million. The power of Meryl Streep does not disappoint. Spike Jonze’s Her opened up to another 1,682 theaters to gross $5.34 million, placing eleventh. And the Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis rounded out the top 15, screening in additional 573 theaters, with a haul of $1.88 million.
The biggest story is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which came out on top as the highest grossing movie of 2013 above the originals suspected Iron Man 3. Catching Fire snuck in at the last moment to rise $4 million above Iron Man 3‘s $409 million domestic gross. In total, Catching Fire earned $413.77 million.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office.)
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Source: Box Office Mojo