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Weekend Box Office Report: January 3-5, 2014

01.05.2014

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.

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# 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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