"Lone Survivor" rules domestic box office during the second weekend of 2014. The war movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana claims the first position with an estimated $38.5 million, pushing aside "Frozen (2013)".
It marks the biggest bow for any post-9/11 war films by far and the second best January opening of all time after "Cloverfield" debuted with $40.1 million in 2008. Boosted with a rare "A+" point from CinemaScore, it's watched by 57 percent male and 57 percent 30-year-old or older.
The movie becomes a big comeback for director Peter Berg after his previous pic "Battleship" opened to only $25 million against a reported budget of over $209M. It also marks one of Wahlberg's best-ever opening, after "Ted" which bowed with $54.4M in 2012.
The film is not just celebrating box office win but it's also raising money for veterans. Producers join forces to create Lone Survivor Fund to benefit Got Your Six, Navy SEAL Foundation, and Lone Survivor Foundation founded by Marcus Luttrell, the real-life soldier who is played by Wahlberg in the film.
During a promo appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", Wahlberg and Kitsch competed in a challenge to win $10,000 for the cause. People are also able to make donations when purchasing tickets for the film through Fandago. A total of $100,000 was successfully raised through the weekend.
The second biggest opening for a new wide release this weekend is "The Legend of Hercules". Costing $70 million to produce, the Kellan Lutz starrer which explores the origin story of the titular demigod bows at the fourth position with only $8.6 million.
With "Lone Survivor" reign at the box office, "Frozen" is forced to slip to the second place with an estimated $15.1 million (23%decrease). The Disney animated grossed $317.7 million domestically and sailed past $700 million mark globally against a $150 million budget.
Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Wolf of Wall Street" settles at No. 3 with additional $9 million in its third weekend. "American Hustle rounds up the top 5 with approximately $8.6 million, driving its total gross past the $100 million mark.