Lone Survivor was number one at the box office this week with $38m. That would be surprisingly high, except Act of Valor opened about two years ago and made over $70m in the US with no stars at all. Lone Survivor, starring the outstanding Mark Wahlberg, should easily cross $100m in the US alone.
In second place, Frozen is still crushing it. Disney’s new classic opened across the country on Thanksgiving weekend and could only come in second, a couple of million behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But now… in its seventh weekend… Frozen is still in second place with an additional $15m ($712 WW).
Frozen has now crossed $700m worldwide… and in the US it has passed Man of Steel as the #4 movie of 2013. By the end of its run, Frozen is going to be one of the 6 biggest animated movies of all time at the US box office. My guess is that just about no one saw this coming… and that Disney is deep in the process of greenlight meetings to launch a new Princess musical with a non-gender-specific title.
1 – LONE SURVIVOR – $38m. $38m Total US. $38m Total WW.
2 – FROZEN – $15m. $317m US. $712m WW.
3 – THE LEGEND OF HERCULES – $9m. $9m US. $9m WW.
4 – THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – $9m. $78m US. $97m WW.
5 – AMERICAN HUSTLE – $8m. $101m US. $118m WW.
6 – THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – $8m. $242m US. $808m WW.
7 – AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – $7m. $8m US. $11m WW.
8 – SAVING MR. BANKS – $7m. $69m US. $78m WW.
9 – PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES – $6m. $28m US. $63m WW.
10 – ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES – $6m. $118m US. $158m WW.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is still doing very well, both in the US and around the world. It just crossed $800m WW and passed Fast & Furious 6 to become the #4 movie of 2013 WW.
Globally, 2013 was a huge year for superhero movies. When the final box office is in, there will be 3 hero movies in the worldwide Top 10: Thor: The Dark World, Man of Steel, and Iron Man 3 (the #1 movie of the year). Actually, if you’re counting super villain movies, Despicable Me 2 is the #2 movie of the year.
But… Iron Man fans take note that in the US, Tony Stark just got beaten by Katniss Everdeen. Catching Fire just passed Iron Man 3 as the #1 movie of the year in the US. This is huge, as it’s the first time Lionsgate beat the 6 major studios to have the #1 movie of the year. It’s also amazing because it’s the first time I can find where the #1 movie of the year stars a solo female actress. If you look at the Top 10 in the US for 2013, the #7 movie is Gravity… the #4 movie is Frozen… and the #1 movie stars Jennifer Lawrence. Studio heads, can we please just greenlight Wonder Woman already? Or pay Joss for a standalone Black Widow? Black Canary, Ms. Marvel, Starfire???