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Extra-Terrestrial labeled flicks have the all-time Jan. box office openers locked down. The Earth invading kind has the top spot with "Cloverfield". An epic far-far-away thematic does "Stay on target" at third. So it's a marked moment come about when a military memoir gone major production in cast and crew drills itself smack between at all-time Jan.'s second placement. The combat-escalating drama escalated from 35th on its debut and 38th on its second weekend.

Escalation being a framework factor over the Jan. 10 to Jan. 12 three-day. Accompanying a Jack Frost revisit along a Polar vortex, 2014s trend of Winter also tasks premiering and now-showing flicks with a shuffling mixture of crowd-pleaser styles.

It's a genre mixed-bag that vines the top rankings around the box office.

On the fantasy front a late in the game-hyped "Legend of Hercules" took third. For animations "Frozen" keeps its glacier stance on second place. And biopic of the action-drama variety found itself in first upon a debut three-day.

By the numbers:

  • $37.8 million tops the accumulation for the soldierly starring of Mark Whlberg
  • $14.7 courses the snowy slopes of an 8th weekend by Disney's animation.
  • $8.8 hefts the first weekend ticket-sales might of Universal's Hercules version.

By the rankings, the rounders for the top 5 films over 2014's second box office weekend echo the listing from the weekend before despite the displacement of the until-now top ranker "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" ($8.0 mil) and peaking comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend continues" ($5.8 million). The repeat rankings by theater's showings of the most recent buzz-belwether dramas accompanies the just earned witrhin 24 hours dub of Golden Globe winners.

"American Hustle" - recipient of Best Motion Picture, Drama / Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy / Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - stands at 5th with $8.3 million. The howler of '80s financial decadence gained "The Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio a Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy while the film aggregates $8.8 million for a 4th slated spot.

On a newly forthcoming three-day of Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, new introductions come in the film form of resetters and breaking debuts.

Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck will have actor Chris Pine joining the circle of Jack Ryan portrayers. Pine ("Star Trek", "This Means War") is the new recruit in this spy-thriller reboot that is a made-for-film genesis on the popular lead created by the late author Tom Clancy. Kenneth Branaugh ("Thor") directs.

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart co-star in the comedy "Ride Along". Allison Miller ("Terra Nova") and Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") are cast in the horror "Devil's Due".

(BoxOfficeMojo)

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