Home Movies Box Office: “Lone Survivor” Is A Smash, “August” Gets Warm Welcome

Peter Berg’s “Lone Survivor” is a smash hit. The Mark Wahlberg ensemble film made $14 million on Friday night. Universal should be pleased. You do wonder if they’d started earlier if “Lone Survivor” wouldn’t be more in the awards mix. It’s a terrific film. But maybe after “Battleship” tanked Universal decided to be more cautious. Berg and company went right from filming one of last year’s biggest flops to making this hit. Shows how you unpredictable filmmaking can be…

“August: Osage County” finally went into wider release. With 900 theaters, “AOC” got a warm reception. It’s going to have a nice $6mil-plus weekend. They’re off and running. “AOC” could get the SAG award next week for Best Ensemble, which it deserves. And with Oscar noms on Thursday, bigger box office could be looming.

“American Hustle” will cross $100 million this weekend. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is starting to fade. They made not cross the $55 mil line.

Go see “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Now. I command it !

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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