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Stuart Beattie‘s I, Frankenstein quickly faltered in its North American debut, eking out a sixth-place finish with $8.3 million. Starring Aaron Eckhart, the $65 million genre epic reimagines the classic literary character as an action hero.
Holdovers Ride Along and Lone Survivor easily stayed put at No. 1 and No. 2 with $21.2 million and $12.6 million, respectively, in a double victory for Universal.
Frankenstein was financed and produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, with Lionsgate releasing and marketing in North America. Lionsgate, which put up only a small portion of the budget, has limited financial exposure.
Adapted from Kevin Grevioux‘s graphic novel, the supernatural action pic is set in a dystopian future where gargoyles and demons battle each other for ultimate power as Victor Frankenstein’s creation (Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle. Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney and Grevioux also star in the film, which earned a B CinemaScore and played heavily to males (62 percent).
Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, Ride Along declined 49 percent in its second weekend — less than expected — pushing the buddy comedy’s North American total to a hefty $75.4 million.
Lone Survivor, a victory for director Peter Berg, continues to be a hit in America’s heartland. The Afghanistan war drama, featuring an ensemble cast led by Mark Wahlberg, has earned $93.6 million in North America. Based on demand, Universal upped the theater count for Lone Survivor from 2,989 to 3,160.
Animated family film The Nut Job placed No. 3 in its second outing, grossing an estimated $12.3 million for a North American total of $40.3 million. (Open Road Films and its partners on the film have already commissioned a sequel.)
Disney’s blockbuster Frozen continued to make headlines in its 10th week as it crossed the $800 million mark globally, becoming the No. 2 original animated film of all time after Finding Nemo.
Frozen placed No. 4 in North America with $9 million for a domestic total of $347.8 million. Overseas, Frozen earned another $20.2 million for a foreign total of $462.5 million and global cume of $810.3 million.
Paramount’s troubled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit fell 43 percent in its second weekend to come in No. 5 with $8.8 million, putting the film’s domestic total at $30.2 million.
David O. Russell‘s awards front-runner American Hustle continued to outpace other Oscar nominees, grossing $7.1 million for a domestic total of $127 million and coming in No. 7. The Wolf of Wall Street and August: Osage County tied for No. 8 with $5 million each.
Wolf of Wall Street, which will cross the $100 million mark sometime this week, ended the weekend with a North American total of $98 million. Osage County‘s domestic total is $26.5 million.
A handful of films that earned Oscar best-picture nominations have been rereleased in theaters. That includes Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club, which expanded nationwide for the first time over the weekend, grossing a modest $2 million for a domestic total of $20.4 million.
The drama was first rereleased in theaters earlier this month after earning top Oscar nominations and Golden Globe wins for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Dallas Buyers Club began its original platform run last fall, but never played in more than 730 theaters.
Dallas Buyers Club tied with fellow rereleases Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, both of which also took in $2 million. Gravity, which has earned the most of any best picture contender by far, boasts a domestic total of $261.2 million through Sunday.
12 Years a Slave, upping its theater count from 761 to 1,231 on Friday, has taken in $43.5 million in the U.S. Overseas, it is doing notable business, grossing $8.3 million for the weekend for an international total of $35 million from 29 markets. The slavery drama opened No. 1 in France with $2.3 million.
Commanding the top location average at the North American specialty box office was Chilean film Gloria. Acquired by Roadside Attractions at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, Gloria debuted to $58,775 from three locations in New York and Los Angeles for a theater average of $19,592.
Roadside’s second new title of the weekend was Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson‘s Gimme Shelter, geared to both faith-based audiences and fans of Hudgens. The specialty title took in $720,950 from 385 theaters for an average of $1,872.
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