‘Lone Survivor’ Leads Best Jan in Four Years
February 4, 2014 - box officeby Ray Subers
February 4, 2014
Led by Afghanistan fight play Lone Survivor, sum domestic box bureau wound adult during $894 million in January. That’s a conspicuous alleviation over a past 3 years, though pales in comparison to 2010’s record $1.06 billion.
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After opening in New York and Los Angeles in late December, Lone Survivor stretched national in early January. On opening weekend a film grossed an superb $37.8 million, that during a time was a second-highest start ever in January. Thanks to clever word-of-mouth, Lone Survivor reason good by a residue of a month, and finished adult flitting $100 million total.
It’s already warranted some-more than Zero Dark Thirty ($95.7 million) and is on lane to also tip Black Hawk Down ($108.6 million) soon. This is a resounding success for Universal Pictures, who executed a selling debate that smartly played adult a intrepidity of a soldiers while avoiding any of a dignified ambiguity that mostly clouds complicated fight movies.
Frozen continued to be a go-to choice for families by January. The Disney Animation musical, that non-stop over Thanksgiving weekend, combined $89.9 million for a sum of $352.9 million. It’s now on a approach to apropos a tip 2013 charcterised film brazen of Despicable Me 2 ($368.1 million). It also recently became a highest-grossing non-sequel charcterised film brazen of a strange runs of Finding Nemo ($339.7 million) and The Lion King ($312.9 million).
Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy Ride Along took third place with $84.7 million by a initial 15 days. The film set a new Jan opening weekend record with $41.5 million, and proceeded to reason initial place for a following dual weeks as well. By a initial weekend in February, Ride Along will pass $100 million, that is a good outcome for a modestly-budgeted comedy.
With Lone Survivor and Ride Along, Universal Pictures had a really considerable month during a box office. The studio had a series one film on any of a final 4 weekends of January, and by a finish had already grossed scarcely $200 million in 2014. They have another 15 releases this year, and usually dual of those are technically sequels (The Purge 2, Dumb and Dumber To). As studios pierce some-more toward big-budget, pre-branded properties, it will be engaging to see if a line-up of modest, mostly-original cinema can be a recipe for success.
December holdovers American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street continued to perform good in January. Buoyed by mid-month Oscar nominations, Hustle combined $63.1 million, while Wolf grossed $60.2 million. To date, both cinema have warranted over $100 million (Hustle leads with over $130 million).
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took sixth place with $51.8 million. In comparison, a initial Hobbit film grossed $65.7 million in January. Desolation of Smaug is now on gait to tighten with reduction than $260 million, that creates it a initial of Peter Jackson‘s Middle Earth cinema to tumble brief of $300 million.
Aside from Lone Survivor and Ride Along, a usually other clearly successful Jan recover was The Nut Job, that warranted $44.4 million by a initial 15 days. That’s really plain for an inexpensive charcterised movie, and Open Road Films is already relocating brazen with a supplement (currently slated for Jan 2016).
As always, a month of Jan was riddled with disappointments. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit could usually pattern $35.4 million, and is on gait to be a lowest-grossing Jack Ryan film by a far-reaching margin. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones grossed $32.2 million, and will also be a misfortune performer in a franchise. Finally, The Legend of Hercules ($17.6 million), Devil’s Due ($14.1 million) and I, Frankenstein ($12.1 million) were all undisguised bombs.
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