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Friday Box Office: 'Ride Along' & 'Lone Survivor' Trump Sole New Wide Release 'I, Frankenstein'

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood January 25, 2014 at 3:47PM

Two Universal films ("Ride Along" and "Lone Survivor") beat back "I, Frankenstein" (Lionsgate), the sole new wide release. (Ironically, "Frankenstein" is a redo of the story that once was a staple for Universal.) Holdovers overall helped lift the Top 10 for the day to more than 10% above the same Friday last year (just under $26 million) as 2014 so far continues to start out with some strength. With the Super Bowl next weekend and the Winter Olympics ahead, though, it's a tenuous bump, more so when once again another horror film underperformed.
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'I, Frankenstein'
'I, Frankenstein'
Two Universal films ("Ride Along" and "Lone Survivor")  beat back "I, Frankenstein" (Lionsgate),  the sole new wide release. (Ironically, "Frankenstein" is a redo of the story that once was a staple for Universal.) Holdovers overall helped lift the Top 10 for the day to more than 10% above the same Friday last year (just under $26 million) as 2014 so far continues to start out with some strength. With the Super Bowl next weekend and the Winter Olympics ahead, though, it's a tenuous bump, more so when once again another horror film underperformed.
 
"Ride Along" will be an easy #1 despite a bigger than 50% drop for the day to gross $6.3 million. "Lone Survivor" held somewhat better on its third Friday in wide release, taking in $3.6 million. "I, Frankenstein" limped in at just over $2.8 million, #3 for the day, but likely to fall back to 4 or 5 for the full weekend. Leaping over it after kids' matinees come in should be Open Road's non-studio animated sleeper "The Nut Job", which grossed $2.3 million, #5 for Friday. #4 for the day was "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (Paramount), just over $2.6 million, still disappointing but at least not in full collapse at this point.
 
"Frozen" (Buena Vista) at #6 for the day and #7 "American Hustle" (Sony) both continued their strong runs at around $2 million each, down about 20 and 35% respectively from last week. "The Wolf of Wall Street" (Paramount) held even better, down a bit more than 25% at #8, just under $1.5 million. "August: Osage County" continues to expand for a respectable gross of above $1.4 million. Coming in at #10 was "The Devil's Due" (20th Century-Fox) at $910,000, reinforcing the weakness of horror related films this January.
 
A slew of Oscar nominees continued to fight over the somewhat limited audience for films that have had significant exposure, with the widest of these, "Her" (Warner Bros.) the best with $660,000, though it is dropping fast. "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "Nebraska" all look to add another $1-2 million for the full weekends, all a result of their nominations, but none exactly getting significant boosts.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.