Universal's Lone Survivor took in $3.62 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The Peter Berg directed war film starring Mark Wahlberg was up a solid 10 percent over Monday. In comparison, Zero Dark Thirty increased 6 percent to gross $2.44 million on its first Tuesday of wide release last January. Lone Survivor continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $45.16 million after five days of wide release. That places the film a very impressive 30 percent ahead of the $34.67 million Zero Dark Thirty had grossed after five days of wide release. With the aid of strong word of mouth and the Martin Luther King Day holiday, Lone Survivor is likely to hold up well over the holiday weekend.
Sony’s American Hustle was up one spot and 32 percent over Monday to move into second on Tuesday with $1.31 million. The David O. Russell directed film is still riding high from the momentum it gained from its big night at the Golden Globes on Sunday. American Hustle was down just 12.5 percent from last Tuesday. American Hustle has grossed an impressive $103.57 million after 26 days of wide release and is expected to get another box office boost when Academy Award nominations are announced on Thursday.
Paramount's The Wolf of Wall Street was down one spot from Monday to take third place with $1.29 million. The Martin Scorsese directed awards season hopeful trailed fellow awards season hopeful American Hustle by a very slim $13,100 for the day. The Wolf of Wall Street was up 27 percent over Monday and down 34 percent from last Tuesday. The film surpassed the $80 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $80.74 million through 21 days of release.
Frozen held steady in fourth place with $0.98 million. Disney's 3D computer animated blockbuster has grossed a massive $319.06 million to date. Frozen was up 28 percent over Monday and down a sizable 49 percent from last Tuesday. However, the film should pick back up in a big way over the holiday weekend.
August: Osage County rounded out the day's top five with $0.82 million. The Weinstein Company release starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts was up a healthy 32 percent over Monday. August: Osage County has grossed $9.15 million to date and will be receiving a major theatre expansion on Friday.