"Lone Survivor," Universal Pictures' military drama about a mission gone wrong, could ambush "Frozen" at the box office this weekend, as "The Legend of Hercules" joins the fray and
The Afghanistan war movie could generate $20 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys, though Universal is predicting a softer $17 million. That probably would make it the top movie this weekend ahead of "Frozen," Disney's hit animated musical.
"Lone Survivor," written and directed by Peter Berg, is based on Marcus Luttrell's bestselling first-hand account of an ill-fated mission in Afghanistan in which his Navy SEAL team faces an impossible moral dilemma and is attacked by enemy fighters.
Universal gave "Lone Survivor" a limited release on Christmas Day to qualify for 2013 awards consideration. It cost $40 million to make.
"Frozen," which came in first place last weekend, could come in second this time around. It was the fourth-highest-grossing movie of 2013 behind
The new wide release "The Legend of Hercules," starring "Twilight Saga" alumnus Kellan Lutz as the Roman half-god, could gross around $10 million, though more conservative projections put it at $8 million, a mediocre opening for the film.
Millennium Films said it made and financed the 3-D action adventure for $40 million.
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