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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Lone Survivor’ Beats The Competition

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(Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana star in "Lone Survivor.")

(Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana star in “Lone Survivor.”)

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By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Brisk multiplex business produced a brand-new leader at the box office.

“Lone Survivor” lived up to its name, the only movie to eclipse the $15-million mark over the year’s second weekend.

The military drama starring Mark Wahlberg finished first at the box office by earning an estimated $38-million on its debut weekend.

Second place belonged to last weekend’s leader, “Frozen,” the animated attraction, which took in $15-million.

Third was Martin Scorsese’s controversial holdover, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with $9-million.

And virtually tied for fourth were the holdover Ab-scam comedy, “American Hustle,” and the debuting action fantasy, “The Legend of Hercules,” with just under $9-million each.

As for the new comedy-drama, “August: Osage County,” with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts: Despite being in limited release, it earned $7-million, good for seventh place. Overall, industry-wide totals were slightly higher than those of a year ago.

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