Lone Survivor Ben Foster
Credit: Gregory R. Peters

Looks like January man Mark Wahlberg is going to score his biggest opening yet for the wintery month. The actor’s war drama Lone Survivor, based on the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, earned an estimated $14.4 million Friday for a likely three-day take in the $35 million to $40 million range. With an A+ Cinemascore and drawing both male and female audiences, the Peter Berg-directed movie is destined to be the first big hit of 2014.

Another newcomer, the testosterone-fueled pic The Legend of Hercules, didn’t fare nearly as well. Starring Kellan Lutz (Twilight) as the mythical Greek hero, Hercules generated an estimated $3.08 million Friday. That should put the Renny Harlin-directed piece in third place with a weekend that may not reach the double-digits.

Rounding out the rest of the top five are Disney’s Frozen with an additional $3.1 million Friday for a likely $15 million weekend and an overall cume north of $305 million. Oscar contenders The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle are set to take over the third and fourth slots for the frame. The three-hour Wolf from director Martin Scorsese earned an estimated $2.7 million Friday for an estimated $9 million grab for the weekend. That will push its total to $72.3 million, while David O. Russell’s swinging ’70s caper Hustle nabbed an estimated $2.6 million Friday, putting its weekend also around $9 million and its total earnings at a bit over $95 million.

Other films of note include Weinstein Co.’s August: Osage County, which expanded to 905 theaters and earned an estimated $2.2 million for a weekend total that could reach around $7.5 million. Warner Bros.’ Her saw an expansion into an additional 1,600 theaters, yet the Spike Jonze-directed flick earned only an estimated $1.8 million Friday for a weekend that might not exceed much more than $5 million.

The top five:

1. Lone Survivor — $14.4 million

2. Frozen — $3.1 million

3. The Legend of Hercules — $3.08 million

4. The Wolf of Wall Street — $2.7 million

5. American Hustle — $2.6 million

Check back to tomorrow for the full box office report

American Hustle
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