Box office: 'Lone Survivor' seals top movie spot

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LOS ANGELES -- "Lone Survivor" triumphed at the weekend box office.

The patriotic Navy SEAL drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster smashed expectations to earn $38.5 million domestically in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Universal film directed by "Friday Night Lights" and "Battleship" filmmaker Peter Berg is based on Marcus Luttrell's memoir about a dangerous mission his Navy SEAL team embarked on in Afghanistan in 2005.

In its eighth weekend, Disney's icy animated tale "Frozen" stayed cool in the No. 2 spot, earning $15 million and bringing its domestic total to $317 million, passing Disney Animation's $312 million record set by "The Lion King" in 1994.

Lionsgate's "The Legend of Hercules," the weekend's only other major release, tied Sony's "American Hustle" for the No. 4 position, with both films earning $8.6 million, according to studio estimates.

BOX OFFICE: Estimated ticket sales, in millions, for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.

1. "Lone Survivor" ..... $38.5

2. "Frozen" ..... $15

3. "The Wolf of Wall Street" ..... $9

4. "The Legend of Hercules" (tie) ..... $8.6

4. "American Hustle" (tie) ..... $8.6

5. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" ..... $8

6. "August: Osage County" ..... $7.3

7. "Saving Mr. Banks" ..... $6.6

8. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" ..... $6.3

9. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" ..... $6.1

10. "Her" ..... $5.4

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