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Weekend box office: 'Lone Survivor' surprises, almost sets new record

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This weekend, the thriller “Lone Survivor” surprised everyone with its box office intake, which was enough to give it the second-highest January opening ever. The film, which is based on a true story about a failed SEAL Team 10 mission, has actually be in theaters in very limited release the past two weeks, but only just expanded to theaters nationwide this weekend. It grossed a whopping $38.5 million, a rare high number to see in January, which is traditionally a slow month for movies. Last weekend’s number one movie, Disney’s “Frozen”, dropped back down to second this weekend with $15.07 million.

The Legend of Hercules” was the weekend’s other big new wide release, but it wasn’t so successful. The action film starring Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” fame as the ancient hero debuted with $8.6 million, tying with “American Hustle”. Meanwhile, “Her”, a drama about a man and his relationship with his operating system that has been very well-received by critics expanded to wide release this weekend, but didn’t perform as well as other awards-contenders have so far this season. “Her” came in eleventh this weekend—actually its fourth weekend in theaters—grossing only $5.4 million. With Oscar nominations being announced this Thursday, however, “Her” could see a boost in box office if it gets some love from the Academy.

The drama “August: Osage County”, based on the popular play and featuring an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, also expanded to more theaters this weekend, but it did much better than “Her” despite receiving poorer reviews. Its all-star cast boosted it into seventh place with $7.3 million.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Lone Survivor”: $38.5 million

2. “Frozen”: $15.07 million

3. “The Wolf of Wall Street”: $9 million

4. “The Legend of Hercules”: $8.6 million

5. “American Hustle”: $8.6 million

6. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”: $8.01 million

7. “August: Osage County”: $7.3 million

8. “Saving Mr. Banks”: $6.5 million

9. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”: $6.3 million

10. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”: $6.1 million

11. “Her”: $5.4 million

12. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: $4.6 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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