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411 Box Office Report: Frozen Chills Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones For #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.05.2014





Walt Disney Animation's Frozen rose back to the top of the box office this weekend. The CGI-animated film grossed $20.7 million to claim the top spot, up one spot from last week and regaining the spot that it ceded to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in early December, a testament to the film's staying power and appeal to families. The film is the biggest hit for Walt Disney Animation Studios since The Lion King in 1994. It has now grossed $297.8 million domestically and $639.9 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million.

Frozen's top finish meant that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was the first film in the franchise since the original not to open at #1. The horror spin-off bowed with $18.2 million for #2, with a per-theater average of $6,348 from 2,867. The film scored an extremely lackluster C- CinemaScore and reviews have been middling at best, indicating that this one will likely fade out quickly similar to Paranormal Activity 4's short run in October of 2012. None of this means that Paramount is regretting the decision though; the film has added $16.2 million internationally for a $34.4 million worldwide first weekend with a budget of just $5 million. This franchise is far from over.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug finally fell from the top spot after three weeks, slipping to #3 with $16.3 million. The film has now grossed $229.6 million domestically and $675.2 million worldwide from a budget of $225 million. While it has very little chance of topping the first Hobbit's $303 million domestic and $1.01 billion worldiwd gross, Warner Bros. still has to be quite pleased with the results.

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street jumped one place in its second weekend, finishing off at #4 with $13.4 million. The film had a very good 27% drop from its opening weekend that tends to go along with heavy Oscar buzz. It has now grossed a total of $63.6 million on a budget of $100 million.

American Hustle was down one spot to #5 in its third weekend of wide release with $13.2 million. The David O. Russell ensemble film is continuing its impressive run, having dropped only 29% from last week. The movie has a total of $88.7 million domestically and $90.6 million worldwide from a $40 million budget; it is looking likely to top The Silver Linings Playbook's $132 million domestic performance from last year.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues fell three spots to #6 in its third weekend with $11.1 million. The comedy has now grossed $109.2 million domestically and $144.8 million worldwide from a budget of $50 million. It has easily topped the first film's grosses both domestically and worldwide, even if taking ticket price inflation into account.

Disney's Saving Mr. Banks slipped one spot spot to #7 in its third wide-release weekend with $9.1 million. The fact-based film has grossed $59.3 million domestically and $64.8 million worldwide from a budget of $35 million.

Down one spot to #8 was Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, scoring $8.2 million in its second weekend. The film scored a very decent 36% drop from its opening weekend numbers, bringing its domestic grosses to $45.7 million. The dramedy has scored very well overseas, adding $68.8 million so far for a worldwide total of $114.5 million. It has a decent chance of showing a profit from its $90 million budget before its theatrical run ends.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was also down one spot, finishing at #9 in its seventh weekend with $7.4 million. The franchise sequel has now grossed $407.5 million domestically and $830.9 million worldwide on a budget of $130 million. It should pass Iron Man 3 in the next day or so as the top-grossing domestic film of 2013. Worldwide it ranks at #3 for the year and should stay there.

After missing out on the top ten in its opening weekend, Grudge Match climbed in for its second frame with $5.4 million thanks to a very good 23% drop and 47 Ronin's bad 50% drop. The Sylvester Stalllone/Robert De Niro-starring boxing film has now grossed $24.9 million from a budget of $40 million. If it continues to hold well and has a solid overseas run it will be profitable before leaving theaters.

The weekend box office tally was $144.7 million, down 2% from last year's take of $147.6 million that was led by TheTexas Chainsaw 3D's $21.7 million opening.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Frozen - $20.7 million ($297.8 million total)
2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - $18.2 million ($18.2 million total)
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $16.3 million ($229.6 million total)
4. The Wolf of Wall Street - $13.4 million ($63.6 million total)
5. American Hustle - $13.2 million ($88.7 million total)
6. Anchorman: The Legend Continues - $11.1 million ($109.2 million total)
7. Saving Mr. Banks - $9.1 million ($59.3 million total)
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - $8.2 million ($45.7 million total)
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $7.4 million ($407.5 million total)
10. Grudge Match - $5.4 million ($24.9 million total)





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