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Top Of the Box Office

This time of year, movie theaters are busy with the release of films every week. So if a film is going to stay top for more than one week it’s going to have to be pretty special. From the buddy cop film Ride Along starring Kevin Hart, to the demon/monster movie I, Frankenstein, which stars Aaron Eckhart. Can these two new releases top the heavily praised war movie Lone Survivor off the top spot where it has been so comfortable?

Yes, well one of them can. Ride Along blasted to the top of the box office for the second week running. According to studio estimates, it took in 21.2 million dollars in its second weekend. If that sounds impressive, well last week’s figures will blow you back further because Ride Along set a new January debut record with 48.6 million dollars over the three day holiday weekend.

If only the same could be said for I, Frankenstein which didn’t even receive a screening for the critics, rendering it from any early buzz. The film follows Frankenstein’s creature who finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. With a budget of 65 million dollars, you’d think it would entice large crowds even without the critic’s approval. Sadly, in this case it did not, raking in only 8.3 million dollars on its debut. Sony Entertainment, who financed the film, must be praying a miracle happens to pay back the turkey that is I, Frankenstein.

Saying that, it’s going to have to be a special movie to overtake Lone Survivor which has been hailed by critics as being “The best war movie since Saving Private Ryan” with the film telling the true story of how Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch; the film, after its fifth week still managed to receive a healthy sum of 12.6 million dollars. With a grand total of 93.6 million dollars, let’s all cross our fingers and hope Lone Survivor can shoot over the 100 million dollar mark, which previous years have found easy to accomplish like 2013’s Iron Man 3 taking 1.215 billion dollars and Skyfall (2012) earning 1.095 billion dollars; but for all those, one film stood out the most. 2012’s Avengers. It sponged money, breaking all records with its fattening 895 million dollar in-take.

Who knows, maybe this year, with films like 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street earning acclaim, 2014 might do some record smashing too.

In other news, several Oscar candidates are looking to capitalize on their recent best picture nominations. Expanding by a few hundred cinemas is Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena, and Nebraska.

In the comment section below, let me know what films you think could accomplish high earning this year.



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