Navy SEALs try to top 'Hercules' at the box office with 'Lone Survivor' opening

By Daniel S Levine,

While last week’s numbers were low thanks to the poor weather, the box office is expected to pick up a bit, since there are five wide releases opening in theaters this week. Of course, the only new 2014 movie in the bunch is The Legend of Hercules, which is expected to be dead on arrival.

Instead, Peter Berg’s Navy SEALs story Lone Survivor is expected to get to the top. The film did see a limited release to qualify for the Oscars, but will just now be hitting 2,876 locations, notes Box Office Mojo. The only major above-the-title star is Mark Wahlberg, whose track record has been spotty, but war movies do well this time of year. Lone Survivor should open with above $23 million.

Last weekend, Disney’s Frozen topped the box office with $20 million in its sixth week of release. Entertainment Weekly predicts a $14 million seventh weekend for the animated hit, which would bring its domestic total up to $317 million.

The rest of the Top 5 will likely struggle to reach double digits. The Wolf of Wall Street will continue to build momentum with around $9 million, which would bring its total to $79 million. Sure, that’s not a lot, but considering that the controversial movie is three hours long, Paramount should be happy.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and American Hustle are expected to stick around, while Spike Jonze’s Her finally opens wide. It made $3.2 million during its limited release and should make $8 million this weekend.

Meanwhile, Hercules, which stars Kellan Lutz in the title role, will not reach the Top 5. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s expected to struggle to pass $6 million. That should make it easy for audiences to forget about it by the time Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules opens in July.

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