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'Lone Survivor' is No. 1 at U.S. box office; 'The Legend of Hercules' bombs

Pictured at left: "Lone Survivor." Pictured at right: "The Legend of Hercules."
Pictured at left: "Lone Survivor." Pictured at right: "The Legend of Hercules."
Photo at left: Universal Pictures. Photo at right: Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment.

Universal Pictures' "Lone Survivor" jumped to the No. 1 spot at the U.S. and Canadian box office for the weekend ending Jan. 12, 2014. According to a Box Office Mojo report published on Jan. 12, "Lone Survivor" (which opened in limited release on Dec. 25, 2013 and expanded to more theaters two weeks later) had $38.5 million in ticket sales for the weekend ending Jan. 12, 2014. "Lone Survivor" has been getting mostly positive movie reviews. The movie is based on the true story of a group of U.S. Navy SEALs (played by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch) who are trapped in enemy territory in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment's "The Legend of Hercules," the only movie that opened in wide release that weekend, bombed with only $8.6 million in ticket sales for its opening weekend. "The Legend of Hercules" (starring Kellan Lutz as the title character) also got mostly negative reviews from critics and is the first of two "Hercules" movies set for release in 2014. Paramount Pictures' "Hercules" (starring Dwayne Johnson) will be released in 2014 on a date to be announced.

After opening in limited release in late December 2013, these movies expanded to wider release on Jan. 10, 2014: were "August: Osage County" were ($7. 3 million for the weekend ending Jan. 12, 2014); "Her" ($5.4 million); and "Inside Llewyn Davis" ($1.9 million).

According to Box Office Mojo, here are the Top 5 movies in the U.S. and Canada for the weekend ending Jan. 12, 2014:

1. "Lone Survivor" — $20.7 million

2. "Frozen" — $15 million

3. "The Wolf of Wall Street" — $9 million

4. "The Legend of Hercules" — $8.6 million

5. "American Hustle" — $8.6 million

And here are the opening-weekend box-office numbers for the movie that opened in limited release on Jan. 10, 2014:

  • "In Bloom" — $10,000 from two theaters