The Afghanistan war movie "Lone Survivor" soared past its competition Friday, taking in an estimated $14 million in its first day of wide release.
Directed by Peter Berg, the film was given a limited release on Christmas Day to qualify for 2013 awards considerations.
"The Legend of Hercules," a newcomer this weekend, didn't fare as well in theaters on Friday, taking in just over $3 million, according to estimates. The numbers place it behind Disney's animated musical "Frozen," which earned an estimated $3.1 million.
The remainder of the top five for Friday was rounded out by a pair of awards contenders.