Box office roundup – Jan. 5, 2014 – "Frozen" skates to the top

Disney Anna confronts Elsa
Anna confronts Elsa

1. Frozen – $20.7 million [7th week; $297 million] Icy weather throughout the nation must have prompted families to see a similarly theme movie. Its journey to the top is especially incredible considering its battled two major blockbusters in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – 18.7 million [debut week] – The “Paranormal Activity” spin-off had a solid opening and won Friday night, but wasn’t able to topple the winter season’s biggest hit.

Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures LUKE EVANS as Bard and JOHN BELL as Bain.
Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures
LUKE EVANS as Bard and JOHN BELL as Bain.

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – $16.2 million [4th week; $229.6 million] – Bilbo and friends fell to #3 after wrapping 2013 with three consecutive weeks atop the box office. With few big releases coming up in the next few weeks, look for this to maintain its position in the Top 5.

4. The Wolf of Wall Street – $13.4 million [2nd week; $63.2 million] – Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest drama swapped spots with the other Oscar contender this week as it continues its march to the $100 million mark.

5. American Hustle – $13.2 million [4th week; $80.7 million] – The drama comedy dropped a spot this week, but is well en route to hitting $100 million and will no doubt get an added bonus as the Oscar nominations start rolling in.

  • Fred

    “Frozen” is showing ridiculous legs at the box office. Reaching No. 1 in it’s seventh week, eventhough I really truly consider this it’s sixth week since it opened on very limited release it’s first weekend. It might end up reaching 350 million domestic in the end. Saw “Wolf Of Wall Street” this past Friday and it’s pretty damn good film, wild and crazy though in good way lol.

  • I’m amazed as well my friend. I like its chances of $350M.

    Wolf is definitely a divisive film. I’m on the other camp, but I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂