Weekend box office: Paranormal Activity can't beat Frozen
Since its release, week after week Disney’s FROZEN has been in the top two or three at the weekend box office and now, five weeks after it’s initial release, it’s number one again. The animated musical leapfrogged THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, which had been number one for a while. It also beat out the only new release of the weekend; PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES. The horror film didn’t do terribly and still managed to bring in close to $19 million. Given how cheap these films are to make, I’m sure the executives are happy with that number. And I’m sure that means we can expect the series to continue for the foreseeable future. I was happy to see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET keep about 50% of its audience, which means the bad press hasn’t hurt it too much.
Next week sees the wide release of the great HER from director Spike Jonze. I fear that the film is going to get forgotten, despite being loved by almost everyone that has seen it. THE LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg is also opening wide next weekend. I don’t think the film has any Oscar aspirations anymore, but it’s still a good war film. We also get the release of the Kellan Lutz starring THE LEGEND OF HERCULES. The trailers make the film look decent, but I think we all know what we’re getting with a Renny Harlin directed Hercules film. My guess is FROZEN makes it two in a row, with a slight chance The Hobbit jumps back up. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Frozen $20.7m
2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $18.2m
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $16.2m
4. The Wolf of Wall Street $13.4m
5. American Hustle $13.2m
6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $11.1m
7. Saving Mr. Banks $9m
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $8.2m
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $7.4m
10. Grudge Match $5.4m