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WEATHER BUMPS DISNEY’S FROZEN TO NO. 1 AFTER 6 WEEKS

January 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

olaf-from-frozenSnowstorms on the East Coast and arctic cold throughout most of the Midwest apparently put moviegoers into a mood for Disney’s Frozen once again. After six — count ’em, six — weeks, the animated family film returned to the top of the box office with an estimated $20.7 million in ticket sales. Despite numerous reports of theater closures due to the inclement conditions, the total box office was not all that different from that of the comparable week a year ago when Texas Chainsaw Massacre opened with $21.7 million. Another low-budget horror film, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, had seemed for a while as if it stood a chance at making it to No. 1 this weekend, and in fact it did rise to the top on Friday. But with families pouring into theaters on Saturday and presumably on Sunday (estimated totals are based on actual ticket sales on Friday and Saturday and an educated guess on Sunday), it was overtaken by Frozen, winding up with around $18.2 million, to finish second. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which had held the top spot for the past three weekends, fell to third place with around $16.2 million. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street came in fourth with about $13.5 million, down just 28 percent from last weekend and putting it slightly ahead of American Hustle with about $13.2 million. The two films’ finishing positions could reverse when final box-office results are announced on Monday.

The top ten films at the box office over the weekend according to estimates compiled by Rentrak:
1. Frozen, $20.7 million; 2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, $18.2 million; 3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, $16.3 million; 4. The Wolf of Wall Street, $13.4 million; 5. American Hustle, $13.2 million; 6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, $11.1 million; 7. Saving Mr. Banks,; 8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, $8.2 million; 9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $7.4 million; 10. Grudge Match, $5.4 million.