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Lone Survivor shot to the top of the domestic weekend box office with one of the best January openings ever, according to industry figures released Monday.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, the military action drama about a 2005 SEAL team mission grossed $37.8 million in ticket sales. That is the second best opening ever for January, only behind the $40.1 million earned by ‘Cloverfield’ in 2008, according to movie tracking site Box Office Mojo.

Disney animated 3D comedy adventure ‘Frozen’ slipped one spot to No. 2 in its eighth weekend, earning $14.7 million for a total of $317.3 million since opening in limited release Nov. 22.

3D fantasy adventure ‘The Legend of Hercules’ debuted at No. 3 with $8.86 million.

Martin Scorsese drama ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio stayed at No. 4 in its third weekend, earning $8.83 million for a for a total of $78.4 million since opening Christmas day.

Crime drama ‘American Hustle’ remained at No. 5 in its fifth weekend, earning $8.3 million for a total of $101.2 million since opening in limited release Dec. 13.

Spike Jonze dramedy ‘Her’ starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams finished No. 11 after a nationwide expansion to theaters, earning $5.3 million for a total of $8.7 million since opening in limited release Dec. 18.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES

  • A newlywed husband notices disturbing changes in his wife while recording her pregnancy in R-rated horror ‘Devil’s Due.’ Watch the official trailer here.
  • Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst uncovers a terrorist plot to crash the U.S. economy in action thriller ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
  • A squirrel is forced to survive in the city in animated adventure comedy The Nut Job.’ Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.
  • A security guard joins his police officer/future brother-in-law on a patrol of Atlanta to prove he’s worthy of marrying the cop’s sister in action comedy Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

  • A shy teen girl deals with peer pressure and an overprotective mother in R-rated horror remake ‘Carrie’ starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
  • A divorced woman pursues a new love interest but learns he’s a friend’s ex-husband in romantic dramedy ‘Enough Said’ starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. Rated PG-13.
  • The last day of a 22-year-old’s life is chronicled in R-rated biographical drama ‘Fruitvale Station.’ Based on the true story of Oscar Grant III’s fatal encounter with law enforcement.
  • A butler who served eight U.S. presidents is affected by major events throughout history in biographical drama ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Loosely based on the life of former White House butler Eugene Allen and rated PG-13.
  • Vin Diesel returns as the title character in R-rated sci-fi action thriller ‘Riddick.’
  • A high school party boy’s view of life changes when he meets an interesting girl in R-rated romantic dramedy ‘The Spectacular Now.’
  • A gang of masked killers attack a family in R-rated home invasion horror ‘You’re Next.’
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