Universal Pictures' Afghanistan war drama "Lone Survivor" stormed movie theaters over the weekend, while "The Legend of Hercules" debuted to less-than-legendary results.
"Lone Survivor," based on Marcus Luttrell's bestselling first-hand account of an ill-fated Navy SEAL mission, grossed a strong studio-estimated $38.5 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, making it the top-grossing title domestically.
The $40-million action movie, which stars
It also opened better than recent movies with similar subject matter.
"This picture has tremendous strength in the heartland," Rocco said. "The picture is going to have great legs, and it deserves to have great legs."
Counting an initial run in limited release to qualify for awards consideration, "Lone Survivor" has generated $38.9 million so far.
As expected, "The Legend of Hercules" showed little might at the multiplex. The first of two 2014 movies about the Roman half-god, it muscled just $8.6 million over the three days. "Legend of Hercules" -- which stars Kellan Lutz, of
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