Despite a strong showing from the genre in 2013, the first horror release of 2014 struggled at the box office.
In at number 1 is Disney's Frozen with $20.7 million. The animated film continues to do very well despite its stiff competition, and takes the top spot after playing second fiddle for three straight weeks. Given the way most new releases are struggling to sustain decent numbers, we wouldn't be surprised if Frozen stuck around for a few weeks longer. The film is now at $297 million domestic.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones comes in at number 2 with $18.2 million. Heading into the weekend, it looked like this spin-off entry might take the top spot, but The Marked Ones struggled after Friday.
Although this isn't a numbered entry in the franchise, and it opened in January instead of its usual October timeframe, The Marked Ones is the lowest opening weekend for a Paranormal Activity film yet, not counting the first film's limited release. Paranormal Activity 4's weak(er) numbers forced us to consider whether the franchise's appeal might be wearing thin, and this film's even lower numbers continue that downward trend.
In at number 3 is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with $16.2 million. It appears that this second film in the trilogy will finish slightly behind its predecessor, but a $756 million global total after only 4 weeks likely makes up for that.
The Wolf of Wall Street is the number 4 film with $13.4 million. Despite a week-long back-and-forth over the film's depiction of Jordan Belfort the film, and whether or not the film glorifies the Wall Street schemer, Wolf of Wall Street held strong in its second week. The film is now at $63 million.
Rounding out the top 5 is American Hustle with $13.2 million. David O. Russell's latest awards contender had to taper off sometime, but it does so having accumulated $88 million in the process. Moreover, American Hustle likely won't reach Silver Linings Playbook's $132 million domestic total, but that won't matter if the film comes away with a few Golden Globes next Sunday.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues comes in at number 6 with $11.1 million, bringing its total up to $109 million. The good news is that this sequel has surpassed its predecessor's $85 million domestic total and has nearly doubled its $50 million production budget. But, given its hefty marketing budget, it's hard to predict whether Anchorman 2 is in the black yet.
The number 7 film is Saving Mr. Banks with $9 million, which brings its domestic total up to $59 million. $59 million after 4 weeks isn't bad for the film, but Disney was likely hoping for a little more from the holiday crowd.
In at number 8 is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with $8.2 million. Ben Stiller's latest directorial effort did decent business during this slow post-Holiday weekend, but it is nowhere near Tropic Thunder's $110 million. All told, the film has pulled in $45 million.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the number 9 spot this weekend with $7.4 million. Now at $407 million domestic, the mega-blockbuster sequel only needs $2 million more to surpass Iron Man 3 as the highest grossing 2013 release.
Rounding out the top 10 is Grudge Match with $5.4 million. It appears things didn't get any better for the Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone comedy, which has accrued only $24 million after two weeks.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, January 6th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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