The Legend of Hercules
PG-13, 1 HR., 39 MINS.
The saga of brawny Greek demigod Hercules gets a Gladiator-style makeover in this rousingly schlocky sword-and-sandal spectacle. Twilight beefcake Kellan Lutz certainly knows how to fill out a toga, but when he’s not slashing his enemies to ribbons in the 300-inspired action smackdowns, he displays all the charisma of a broken lightbulb. Still, if it’s shirtless he-men squaring off in loincloths you’re after, you definitely won’t feel gypped. C+ —Chris Nashawaty READ FULL STORY
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Pete Berg’s gritty combat drama Lone Survivor accomplished its mission at the box office this weekend. The film, based on the true story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, grossed $38.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, marking the second best January debut of all time after Cloverfield‘s $40.1 million bow in 2008. Audiences, which were 57 percent male and 57 percent 30 or older, issued Lone Survivor a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, suggesting that Universal’s $40 million film will benefit from terrific word-of-mouth in the weeks to come.
Lone Survivor‘s success marks a major comeback for director Berg, whose last film, Battleship, opened to just $25 million against a whopping $209 million budget. Like that film, Lone also stars Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch, though it was marketed primarily on the star power of its leading man, Mark Wahlberg. The Boston-born star has grown into a reliable box office draw, so its doubly impressive that Lone Survivor is one of his best-ever opening weekend results, trailing only 2012’s Ted, which started with $54.4 million. The film is a major win for all parties involved. READ FULL STORY
Looks like January man Mark Wahlberg is going to score his biggest opening yet for the wintery month. The actor’s war drama Lone Survivor, based on the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, earned an estimated $14.4 million Friday for a likely three-day take in the $35 million to $40 million range. With an A+ Cinemascore and drawing both male and female audiences, the Peter Berg-directed movie is destined to be the first big hit of 2014.
Another newcomer, the testosterone-fueled pic The Legend of Hercules, didn’t fare nearly as well. Starring Kellan Lutz (Twilight) as the mythical Greek hero, Hercules generated an estimated $3.08 million Friday. That should put the Renny Harlin-directed piece in third place with a weekend that may not reach the double-digits.
Rounding out the rest of the top five are Disney’s Frozen with an additional $3.1 million Friday for a likely $15 million weekend and an overall cume north of $305 million. Oscar contenders The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle are set to take over the third and fourth slots for the frame. The three-hour Wolf from director Martin Scorsese earned an estimated $2.7 million Friday for an estimated $9 million grab for the weekend. That will push its total to $72.3 million, while David O. Russell’s swinging ’70s caper Hustle nabbed an estimated $2.6 million Friday, putting its weekend also around $9 million and its total earnings at a bit over $95 million.
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In the upcoming The Legend of Hercules, Kellan Lutz’s Hercules is the son of Zeus, which means he’s an incredibly strong and a respected fighter. However, it doesn’t mean he gets to be with the woman he loves.
In the film’s newest trailer, all Hercules wants to do is be with his one true love, but it seems she’s supposed to marry his brother. So instead, a shirtless Hercules is left to fight, mud wrestle, and fight some more. The trailer states: “Before he was a legend, he was an ordinary man.” Well, if an ordinary man with extraordinary abs is trying to escape an arranged marriage.
Watch the trailer below:
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