The latest Hollywood incarnation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein legend, I, Frankenstein, has flopped at the US box office, coming in sixth place on its debut weekend. The dark new action thriller, which shares its producers with the gloomy, supernatural Underworld movies, sees actor Aaron Eckhart take on the lead role.

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New Aaron Eckhart Movie 'I, Frankenstein' Has Failed To Drum Up Much Interest At The US Box Office.

Despite an enduringly popular premise and a world-renowned story, the Stuart Beattie-directed I, Frankenstein has failed to coax American audiences towards its cinema screens over the weekend, taking $8.3m (£5m); a modest sum in comparison to the $65m (£39.3m) it cost to make the film, according to BBC News.

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I, Frankenstein is the "year's biggest financial flop so far," states Variety. The movie initially was projected to gross somewhere in the low- to mid-teens so has fallen very short regardless of its strong IMAX performance.

Continuing its success from last weekend, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart's new cop comedy Ride Along maintained its box office precedence, raking in $21.2m (£12.8m) and proving that its appeal will outlast its initial Martin Luther King day draw.

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Despite Some IMAX Success, 'I, Frankenstein' Fell Short Of Its Predicted Takings.

Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg's former box office king, the war drama Lone Survivor, managed to maintain its second place by taking £12.6m (£7.62m), only slightly more than this week's third most popular movie, light-hearted animation The Nut Job. If it continues its impressive box office trajectory, Wahlberg's fairly low-cost Afghanistan conflict film could be $100m (£60.5m).

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The festive season may feel as though it's long gone but Disney's Oscar-nominated animated musical Frozen still refuses to be shaken from the top five, coming in at fourth place in its tenth week of opening after a determined reign at the top.