Lone Survivor tops US box-office

13 January 2014

The lone winner.

Lone Survivor, Peter Berg’s gruelling account of a disastrous US Special Forces mission in Afghanistan, is number 1 at the US box-office.

Buoyed by a marketing campaign that celebrated military heroism, patriotic Americans flocked to cinemas to give the war movie $38.5m in its opening weekend - the second best January opening ever.

January is typically a tough month for movies; distributors reserve their best titles for Christmas or summer, and moviegoers tend to tighten purses after a lavish festive season.

Lone Survivor also scored a rare A+ CinemaScore - the polling research method which assesses audience reaction.

Elsewhere in the chart, Disney’s animated caper Frozen held firm at second place in its seventh week of release, pushing it closer to a $500m overall take and confirming its place as the best ever release for Walt Disney Animation Studio.

New release The Legend of Hercules - first out of the gate before The Rock also has a crack at the Grecian legend - took a disappointing $8.6m and tied with American Hustle for fourth place.

Spike Jonze’s oddball romantic drama Her, hotly tipped for Oscars, earned just $5.4m and missed out on a top 10 place, lumping in at 11.

[Source: Box Office Mojo]