Monday Box Office Report – Hercules ain't no Lone Survivor

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Quick question: Who would you rather have backing you in a fight? A highly trained team of SEAL soldiers, or the mightiest Olympian God that packs zero acting charisma per square punch of force? Well according to the box office, it looks like religion truly is dead as some soldiers moved in for the kill.

Hercules may the strongest of the old gods, but even that wasn’t enough of a draw to get audiences to flock to go and see that film, where it barely tied with American Hustle and narrowly edged it out. And mind you, American Hustle has been playing for  five weeks already. With no real star power, poor marketing and visuals that look like they were made by interns that were on the set of 300, the mythical film has set a very low benchmark for the upcoming Brett Ratner directed movie that will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Lone Survivor on the other hand, made some great cash on the weekend. Following in the footsteps of movies such as The Hurt Locker and Green Zone, modern warfare is turning out to be an easy money-maker. $38 million ain’t bad at all, as a limited release saw Lone Survivor in the 38th spot last week before it jumped up to first on the weekend. Here’s how everyone else did on the weekend.

  • Lone Survivor – $38 Million
  • Frozen  – $15 Million
  • The wolf of Wall Street  – $9 Million
  • The Legend of Hercules – $8.6 Million
  • American Hustle  – $8.6 Million
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – $8 Million
  • August: Osage Country  – $7.3 Million
  • Saving Mr Banks  – $6.5 Million
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – $6.3 Million
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend continues  – $6.1 Million

Top ten departures this week include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The secret life of Walter Mitty and Grudge Match. Catching Fire was the biggest winner amongst those three, cleaning up at the global box office with a take of $846.9 million, a massive total that beat the $691.2 million record of the first film. Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty film on the other hand has had a poor three week run, making just over $121 million worldwide, while not even Sly Stallone and Robert DeNiro could rekindle some Rocky/Raging Bull nostalgia in Grudge Match, making only a lacklustre international KO’ed sum of $28.4 million

Last Updated: January 13, 2014

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