January 27, 2014 - 16:24 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Stuart Beattie's I, Frankenstein quickly faltered in its North American debut, eking out a sixth-place finish with $8.3 million. Starring Aaron Eckhart, the $65 million genre epic reimagines the classic literary character as an action hero, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Holdovers Ride Along and Lone Survivor easily stayed at No. 1 and No. 2 with $21.2 million and $12.6 million, respectively, in a double victory for Universal.
Frankenstein was financed and produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, with Lionsgate releasing and marketing in North America. Lionsgate, which only put up a small portion of the budget, has limited financial exposure.
Adapted from Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel, the supernatural action pic is set in a dystopian future where gargoyles and demons battle each other for ultimate power as Victor Frankenstein's creation (Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle. Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney and Grevioux also star in the film, which earned a B CinemaScore and played heavily to males (62 percent).
Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, Ride Along declined 49 percent in its second weekend -- less than expected -- pushing the buddy comedy's North American total to a hefty $75.4 million.
Lone Survivor, a victory for director Peter Berg, continues to be a hit in America's heartland. The Afghanistan war drama, featuring an ensemble cast led by Mark Wahlberg, has now earned $93.6 million in North America. Based on demand, Universal upped the theater count for Lone Survivor from 2,989 to 3,160.
Animated family film The Nut Job placed No. 3 in its second outing, grossing an estimated $12.3 million for a North American total of $40.3 million (Open Road Films and its partners on the film have already commissioned a sequel).
Disney's blockbuster Frozen continued to make headlines in its 10th week as it crossed the $800 million mark globally, becoming the No. 2 original animated film of all time after Finding Nemo.
Frozen placed No. 4 in North America with $9 million for a domestic total of $347.8 million. Overseas, Frozen earned another $20.2 million for a foreign total of $462.5 million and global cume of $810.3 million.
Paramount's troubled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit fell 43 percent in its second weekend to come in No. 5 with $8.8 million, putting the film's domestic total at $30.2 million.