Universal's Lone Survivor rounded out its first week of wide release with a first place take of $2.83 million on Thursday. In the process, the Peter Berg directed war film starring Mark Wahlberg surpassed the $50 million domestic mark yesterday. Lone Survivor was easily the week's top film with a stronger than expected $50.43 million and has grossed $50.81 million to date. That places Lone Survivor a strong 33 percent ahead of the $38.34 million Zero Dark Thirty had grossed at the same point in its run last year. Lone Survivor experienced a solid 1 percent increase over Wednesday on Thursday.
Sony's American Hustle held steady in second place with $1.25 million. The David O. Russell directed Oscar nominee for Best Picture received a clear boost from Thursday's Oscar nominations, as it was up a 24 percent over Wednesday and up 4 percent over last Thursday. American Hustle placed in fourth for the week with $12.87 million. That was down just 26 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's current gross to a strong $105.83 million. Given its holding power over the past week, American Hustle is in great shape to hold up very nicely over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.
Paramount's The Wolf of Wall Street didn't experience nearly as strong of an Oscar nomination bounce, but was still solid on Thursday with a third place take of $1.03 million. The Martin Scorsese directed Oscar nominee for Best Picture was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down a solid 30 percent from last Thursday. The Wolf of Wall Street took third place for the week with $13.19 million. That represented a 33 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's 23-day total to $82.78 million.
Frozen claimed fourth place with $0.82 million. Disney's 3D computer animated blockbuster was up 10 percent over Wednesday and down only 24 percent from last Thursday. Frozen placed in second for the week with $18.04 million (down 29 percent from the previous week) and has grossed a massive $320.63 million to date.
August: Osage County rounded out Thursday's top five with $0.74 million. The Weinstein Company release starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts was up 5 percent over Wednesday. August: Osage County placed in seventh for the week with $10.04 million (while playing in just 905 locations). The film has grossed $10.59 million to date and is likely to hold up very well this weekend thanks to receiving a major theatre expansion and the Oscar nominations received by both Streep and Roberts.
On the heels of its Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Warner's Her increased 9 percent on Thursday to place in eighth with $0.55 million. The Spike Jonze directed film grossed $7.56 million during its first week of wide release, which placed the film in ninth place for the frame. After three additional weeks of limited release, Her has grossed $10.96 million to date.