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'Lone Survivor' triumphs over 'Frozen' at weekend box office

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Every single weekend, studios wait in anticipation to see impressive numbers at the box office and every weekend, I cannot help but think about Arthur Abbott and his wise words from from "The Holiday" (2006). While I cannot find the exact quote, I can remember him stating that box office success did not dictate the success of whether a film was deemed successful or not. This is not so much the case now, which makes a lot of people yearn for the days of old Hollywood once more. The days where a movie could have a longer run and build up success by word of mouth. People miss the days as Arthur states where the box office results were not reported like "like baseball scores on the nightly news." Despite this, we all eagerly await the results each and every weekend.

The box office results for the the weekend of Jan. 10, 2014 through Jan. 12, 2014 are the following:

  1. "Lone Survivor" (2013); Weekend Gross: $37.8M; Overall Gross: $38.2M; Weeks: 3
  2. "Frozen" (2013); Weekend Gross: $14.7M; Overall Gross: $317.3M; Weeks: 8
  3. "The Legend of Hercules" (2014); Weekend Gross: $8.9M; Overall Gross: $8.9M; Weeks: 1
  4. "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013); Weekend Gross: $8.8M; Overall Gross: $78.4; Weeks: 3
  5. "American Hustle" (2013); Weekend Gross: $8.3M; Overall Gross: $101.3M; Weeks: 5
  6. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013); Weekend Gross: $8M; Overall Gross: $242M; Weeks: 5
  7. "August: Osage County" (2013); Weekend Gross: $7.2M; Overall Gross: $7.7M; Weeks: 3
  8. "Saving Mr. Banks" (2013); Weekend Gross: $6.6M; Overall Gross: $68.9M; Weeks: 5
  9. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" (2014); Weekend Gross: $6.3M; Overall Gross: $28.5M; Weeks: 2
  10. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (2013); Weekend Gross: $5.8M; Overall Gross: $118.3M; Weeks: 4

At this time last year, the box office results were the following:

  1. "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012); Weekend Gross: $24.4M; Overall Gross: $29.9M; Weeks: 4
  2. "A Haunted House" (2013); Weekend Gross: $18.1M; Overall Gross: $18.1M; Weeks: 1
  3. "Gangster Squad" (2013); Weekend Gross: $17M; Overall Gross: $17M; Weeks: 1
  4. "Django Unchained" (2012); Weekend Gross: $11M; Overall Gross: $125.3M; Weeks: 3
  5. "Les Miserables" (2012); Weekend Gross: $9.6M; Overall Gross: $118.7M; Weeks: 3
  6. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012); Weekend Gross: $9.1M; Overall Gross: $278.2M; Weeks: 5
  7. "Lincoln" (2012); Weekend Gross: $6.3M; Overall Gross: $152.6M; Weeks: 10
  8. "Parental Guidance" (2012); Weekend Gross: $6M; Overall Gross: $60.6M; Weeks: 3
  9. "Texas Chainsaw 3D" (2012); Weekend Gross: $5.2M; Overall Gross: $30.8M; Weeks: 2
  10. "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012); Weekend Gross: $5M; Overall Gross: $41.3M; Weeks: 9

To continue comparing box office statistics from last year to this year, please click here.

For those interested in viewing any of the aforementioned features in theaters, in Austell, the safe bets are always Carmike Cinemas Movies 14 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell.

If you are interested in renting any of the films mentioned from last year, make sure to check out the titles through Videodrome, Netflix, or movie channels based upon your cable or satellite provider.

To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this article please check out your local Austell Movie Stop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart.

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