Peter Berg’s Navy SEALs drama Lone Survivor enjoyed a strong launch in its awards qualifying run, posting the best theater average of any film over the post-Christmas weekend.
Opening in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas day, the movie — starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster — took in $155,435 in its first five days. For the weekend itself, Lone Survivor earned $92,468 for a location average of $46,234.
Berg, who was last in theaters with expensive miss Battleship, could use a box office win. Lone Survivor, released by Universal and financed by Emmett/Furla films, will launch nationwide on Jan. 10.