‘Lone Survivor’ seals top spot at box office
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 in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.
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.
Paramount’s controversial “The Wolf of Wall Street” scored No. 3 in its third weekend, earning $9 million and boosting its total domestic haul to $78.6 million. The hedonistic tycoon drama directed by Martin Scorsese stars Leonardo DiCaprio as reckless stock broker Jordan Belfort.
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.
WGN America tackles 10 Commandments
PASADENA, Calif. — The Bible is still hot, at least as a television property.
The WGN America network said Sunday that it has ordered a 10-part series, “Ten Commandments,” with an unusual twist. Over 10 nights, 10 different filmmakers will take on a single commandment with a modern interpretation of its meaning. Five filmmakers already committed for episodes are Gus Van Zant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera. Bob Weinstein and Bruce Cohen are producers.
WGN America is available in about 75 million American homes, or about two-thirds of the country.
The network is not saying when these films will be ready to air.
Revolt network to offer live music show on TV
PASADENA, Calif. — The music network started by Sean Combs last year is launching a twice-a-day live television show that it hopes will become a central place for music news and performances.
The Revolt network said that its “Revolt Live” show will be aired at 5 and 8 p.m. from a new studio in Hollywood. The California-based rap performer Sibley and Philadelphia disc jockey, DJ Damage, will be co-hosts.
Revolt airs in about 20 million homes in the United States, primarily concentrated in the eastern part of the country and in Comcast and Time Warner cable homes.
The “Revolt Live” programs will premiere Jan. 27, the day after the Grammy Awards.
TV producer Burnett involved in wrestling
PASADENA, Calif. — Prolific TV producer Mark Burnett has a new venture. He’s helping to launch an American version of the popular lucha libre wrestling league from Mexico.
Burnett said that he is becoming a partner with Lucha Libre AAA to create the American league, and it will be shown on the new El Rey television network started by film director Robert Rodriguez, which is aimed at English-speaking Latino households.
Burnett is known as the behind-the-scenes visionary behind “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “The Bible.” He said he loves the story lines of good versus evil in lucha libre, a combination of scripted entertainment and sports action.
The new American league is expected to begin this year.