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Weekend Box Office Report: January 3-5, 2014

Jan. 5, 2014by: Dave Davis

Frozen tells those ghosts to chill!

You can't keep an ice princess down, as Disney's family fave FROZEN proved this weekend by storming the #1 spot with another $20.7 million!

Much like this season's brutal weather (but far more entertaining), Disney's wintry hit is really hanging around -- it's at the top of the box office seven weeks after it arrived in theaters... on the day before Thanksgiving! It's now just a snowball's throw away from $300 million domestically and up to $639 million worldwide.

The week's only new release was a victim of FROZEN's ongoing avalanche -- the supernatural "found footage" spinoff PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES opened in second place with $18.2 million. That's far short of even the franchise's lowest first weekend in wide release, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4's $29 million in October 2012 (the first movie expanded out over several weeks).

Paying crowds weren't too thrilled by the latest twist in the spooky series, dropping a 'C-' CinemaScore on the flick. Of course, like the last couple of entries, THE MARKED ONES only cost around $5 million to make.

The dough was spread around fairly evenly among the rest of the releases in theaters, with THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG in third with $16.2 million, Martin Scorsese's controversial THE WOLF OF WALL STREET in fourth with $13.4 million, and the all-star con game AMERICAN HUSTLE in fifth with $13.2 million.

On the bottom half of the chart, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES was sipping Scotchy Scotch Scotch in sixth with $11.1 million as it passed the $100 million mark (kind of hard to be believe now that the studio was so skittish about funding a sequel).

Will Burgundy was followed by Tom Disney and Ben Mitty, while THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE inches toward besting the first movie's $408 million domestic total (the sequel's $830.9 million global total has already blown away the first's $691.2 million finish).

In tenth, the Stallone/DeNiro showdown GRUDGE MATCH punched its way back onto the chart, if only by virtue of being on almost 3000 screens (for comparison, GRAVITY had a higher per-screen average this weekend despite being in theaters for three and a half months). Outside the chart, 47 RONIN flopped out of sight after a week, along with TYLER PERRY'S A MADEA CHRISTMAS.

Next weekend brings us director Renny Harlin's hunky mythology in THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, while Peter Berg's fact-based Navy SEAL action movie LONE SURVIVOR marches into wide release with Joaquin Phoenix romancing the phone in Spike Jonze's HER.

What is your favorite modern military movie? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Frozen $20.7 M $297.8 M
2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $18.2 M
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3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $16.2 M $229.6 M
4. The Wolf of Wall Street $13.4 M $63.2 M
5. American Hustle $13.2 M $88.7 M
6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $11.1 M $109.1 M
7. Saving Mr. Banks $9 M $59.3 M
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $8.2 M $45.6 M
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $7.4 M $407.4 M
10. Grudge Match $5.4 M $24.9 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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10:02AM on 01/06/2014

Glad for Frozen

Love the comeback that Disney Animation Studios is having. I've seen Frozen twice during these holidays.
Love the comeback that Disney Animation Studios is having. I've seen Frozen twice during these holidays.
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12:30AM on 01/06/2014
Every single person who gave Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones a bad review (on IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, JoBlo, and anyone in general) deserved to have their money stolen and thrown away like they did. If they couldn't decipher how horrid, boring, and cheap the first FOUR films were and learned from that... oh well! Glad the studio is stealing money from these people.
Every single person who gave Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones a bad review (on IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, JoBlo, and anyone in general) deserved to have their money stolen and thrown away like they did. If they couldn't decipher how horrid, boring, and cheap the first FOUR films were and learned from that... oh well! Glad the studio is stealing money from these people.
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12:30AM on 01/06/2014
Saw Wolf of Wall Street. Pretty much what I expected, a mix of Goodfellas, Wall Street, and Catch Me if You Can, but entertaining and had great performances. I'd love to see Leo finally get a well deserved Oscar, but with so many stand-out performances this year it will be tough.
Saw Wolf of Wall Street. Pretty much what I expected, a mix of Goodfellas, Wall Street, and Catch Me if You Can, but entertaining and had great performances. I'd love to see Leo finally get a well deserved Oscar, but with so many stand-out performances this year it will be tough.
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12:23AM on 01/06/2014
frozen how my balls feel here in KY i thought nothing was gonna knock the hobbit from the number one spot
frozen how my balls feel here in KY i thought nothing was gonna knock the hobbit from the number one spot
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10:21PM on 01/05/2014
Bring on dump month! I can take it, I can take your Hercules The Legend Beginses and your I Frankensteins!
Bring on dump month! I can take it, I can take your Hercules The Legend Beginses and your I Frankensteins!
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6:31PM on 01/05/2014
Saw 47 Ronin this weekend and loved every minute of it. In no way should this film be flopping. It's such a well made crafted film with alot of heart and honor. I just think the studio released it at the wrong time of the year and if it were released prior or after Christmas, I think it would have done better at the Box Office.
Saw 47 Ronin this weekend and loved every minute of it. In no way should this film be flopping. It's such a well made crafted film with alot of heart and honor. I just think the studio released it at the wrong time of the year and if it were released prior or after Christmas, I think it would have done better at the Box Office.
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7:26PM on 01/05/2014
I feel like if they held off til March to release it it could have done fairly well.
I feel like if they held off til March to release it it could have done fairly well.
8:25PM on 01/05/2014
I completely agree.
I completely agree.
10:03AM on 01/06/2014
It definitely would have benefited from a release around March or or April. Not a terrible film
It definitely would have benefited from a release around March or or April. Not a terrible film
5:17PM on 01/05/2014
Loved American Hustle, one of my favorites of the year.
12 Years a Slave, personally I think it'll run away with the Oscars this year.
Enjoyed Lone Survivor and really like Walter Mitty.

That was my viewing this weekend.
Loved American Hustle, one of my favorites of the year.
12 Years a Slave, personally I think it'll run away with the Oscars this year.
Enjoyed Lone Survivor and really like Walter Mitty.

That was my viewing this weekend.
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6:35PM on 01/05/2014
American Hustle is my favorite film of the year. I think it wins Best Film and Best Actress at this year's Oscars and I think 12 Years A Slave wins best Supporting Actor, Actress, and Director.
American Hustle is my favorite film of the year. I think it wins Best Film and Best Actress at this year's Oscars and I think 12 Years A Slave wins best Supporting Actor, Actress, and Director.
10:01AM on 01/06/2014
I actually feel that American Hustle was overrated. Definitely a good film with great performances, production value, and entertaining script, but it was not spectacular. I thought the Wolf of Wall Street was more engaging and had that funny tone Hustle was going for. I'm not hating on it, its a good film, just not deserving of Best Picture honors.
I actually feel that American Hustle was overrated. Definitely a good film with great performances, production value, and entertaining script, but it was not spectacular. I thought the Wolf of Wall Street was more engaging and had that funny tone Hustle was going for. I'm not hating on it, its a good film, just not deserving of Best Picture honors.
3:58PM on 01/05/2014

Paranormal 4

Opened with $29m its first weekend. Total gross was $53m.
Opened with $29m its first weekend. Total gross was $53m.
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7:49PM on 01/05/2014
I love how I'm being downvoted for helping the writer of the article correct a mistake.
I love how I'm being downvoted for helping the writer of the article correct a mistake.
8:26PM on 01/05/2014
Too many trolls on this site.
Too many trolls on this site.
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