“Lone Survivor” takes the top spot at the domestic box office this week with an estimated $38.5 million. The film helmed by Pete Berg is based on the true story of a four-man Navy SEAL team fighting off the Taliban in the Afghan mountains after their mission is botched. The war film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

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"Lone Survivor" is the biggest war film since 9/11

“Lone Survivor” is the biggest war film since 9/11

“Lone Survivor” is the biggest war film since 9/11 and it boasts as the second best January opening of all time after “Cloverfield” debuted with $40.1 million in 2008. Berg’s film scored a rare “A+” point score via CinemaScore, and the war movie also serves as the directors comeback after his previous pic “Battleship” opened to only $25 million against a reported budget of over $209 million.

“Frozen (2013)” is knocked down to second place this week with an estimated $15.1 million. The Disney movie voiced by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Darren Criss among others, grossed $317.7 million domestically and passed the $700 million mark globally against a $150 million budget. Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” sits at No. 3 with an additional $9 million in its third weekend.

“The Legend of Hercules” is this week’s second biggest opener for a new wide release at $8.6 million. On a budget of $70 million to produce, the Kellan Lutz starrer disappointingly takes fourth place. “American Hustle rounds up the top 5 with approximately $8.6 million, grossing over $100 million in total.

Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

  1. “Lone Survivor” – $38.5 million
  2. “Frozen (2013)” – $15. 1 million
  3. “The Wolf of Wall Street” – $9 million
  4. “The Legend of Hercules” – $8.6 million
  5. “American Hustle” – $8.6 million
  6. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – $8 million
  7. “August: Osage County” – $7.3 million
  8. “Saving Mr. Banks” – $6.6 million
  9. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” – $6.3 million
  10. “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” – $6.1 million