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.