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'Lone Survivor' tops box office with $38.5 million

This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, from

This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Taylor Kitsch, as Michael Murphy, Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, Ben Foster as Matt “Axe” Axelson, and Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz in a scene from the film, “Lone Survivor." "Frozen's" grip on the domestic box office is heading for a meltdown as the combat docudrama "Lone Survivor" threatens a firefight for the top spot with an expected gross of $15 million. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures) Photo Credit: AP

"Lone Survivor" was victorious at the weekend box office.

The Navy SEAL drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch earned $38.5 million in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal film directed by Peter Berg is based on Marcus Luttrell's memoir about a Navy SEAL team on a mission in Afghanistan.

The opening exceeded expectations and marked the second biggest opening in January after the $40.1 million debut of 2008's "Cloverfield."

Disney's "Frozen" stayed cool in the No. 2 spot in its eighth weekend, earning $15 million and brining its domestic total to $317 million.

Paramount's controversial "The Wolf of Wall Street" scored No. 3 in its third weekend with $9 million for a total haul of $78.6 million.

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