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This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Taylor Kitsch, as Michael Murphy, Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, Ben Foster as Matt “Axe” Axelson, and Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz in a scene from the film, “Lone Survivor." "Frozen's" grip on the domestic box office is heading for a meltdown as the combat docudrama "Lone Survivor" threatens a firefight for the top spot with an expected gross of $15 million. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
’Lone Survivor’ wins box office with $37.8M
First Published Jan 13 2014 02:51 pm • Last Updated Jan 13 2014 02:53 pm

Los Angeles • "Lone Survivor" dominated the weekend box office.

The Navy SEAL drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster earned $37.8 million in its first weekend of wide release.

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The Universal film directed by "Friday Night Lights" and "Battleship" filmmaker Peter Berg is based on Marcus Luttrell’s memoir about a dangerous mission his Navy SEAL team embarked on in Afghanistan in 2005. "Lone Survivor" previously opened in limited release to qualify for awards consideration.

Disney’s animated tale "Frozen" made $14.7 million in second place in its eighth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $317.3 million.

Lionsgate’s mythological action flick "The Legend of Hercules" starring Kellan Lutz opened in third place with $8.9 million.

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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

1. "Lone Survivor," Universal, $37,849,910, 2,875 locations, $13,165 average, $38,231,471, 3 weeks.

2. "Frozen," Disney, $14,728,118, 3,239 locations, $4,547 average, $317,319,106, 8 weeks.

3. "The Legend of Hercules," Lionsgate, $8,868,318, 2,104 locations, $4,215 average, $8,868,318, 1 week.


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4. "The Wolf of Wall Street," Paramount, $8,839,220, 2,521 locations, $3,506 average, $78,425,771, 3 weeks.

5. "American Hustle," Sony, $8,302,205, 2,629 locations, $3,158 average, $101,265,133, 5 weeks.

6. "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," Warner Bros., $8,022,353, 3,075 locations, $2,609 average, $242,226,788, 5 weeks.

7. "August: Osage County," The Weinstein Company, $7,158,265, 905 locations, $7,910 average, $7,703,650, 3 weeks.

8. "Saving Mr. Banks," Disney, $6,556,216, 2,671 locations, $2,455 average, $68,927,442, 5 weeks.

9. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," Paramount, $6,284,630, 2,883 locations, $2,180 average, $28,456,019, 2 weeks.

10. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," Paramount, $5,838,849, 3,012 locations, $1,939 average, $118,256,793, 4 weeks.

11. "Her," Warner Bros., $5,345,477, 1,729 locations, $3,092 average, $8,744,777, 4 weeks.

12. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Lionsgate, $4,383,208, 1,762 locations, $2,488 average, $413,775,859, 8 weeks.

13. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," 20th Century Fox, $4,302,846, 2,584 locations, $1,665 average, $52,593,608, 3 weeks.

14. "Grudge Match," Warner Bros., $1,907,216, 2,005 locations, $951 average, $28,410,646, 3 weeks.

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