Weekend box office: The Wolf of Wall Street can't beat The Hobbit or Frozen
It was insanely crowded at the Christmas weekend box office, with four new movies hitting theaters and several more seeing an expanded theatrical release. So it’s tough to gauge which films are successes and which ones are failures based on their opening numbers alone. Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (click the link to read our review) did surprisingly well considering the mixed reaction it’s getting from moviegoers and it’s very anti-holiday themes. But with around $35 million over the five day holiday, it’s actually doing pretty well considering the type of movie it is. I halfway suspected THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY would do better than $25 million, but something about the film doesn’t seem to resonate with audiences, so it wasn’t able to crack the top five. Of course, it did better than both 47 RONIN and GRUDGE MATCH, which struggled mightily. We all know the delays and bad test screenings doomed 47 RONIN a long time ago, so at this point it feels like I’m kicking a sick puppy. But GRUDGE MATCH deserved its fate because it had no business opening on Christmas Day. That’s an early spring release if I ever saw one.
Next week starts the doldrums of late winter releases and kicking things off is PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES. It would be easy to trash the sequel, but I wouldn’t write it off so fast. There are no horror movies in theaters right now and fans seem to like their Paranormal movies. But I’d be surprised if anything can dethrone THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG or FROZEN. I’m amazed at how well FROZEN has managed to hold its audience this long after its initial release. Note: the numbers below will be updates as they become final and are for the five day Christmas holiday.
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $49.3m
2. Frozen $43.7m
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $35.7m
4. The Wolf of Wall Street $34.3m
5. American Hustle $33.3m
6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $25.7m
7. Saving Mr. Banks $23.6m
8. 47 Ronin $20.6m
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $15.7m
10. Grudge Match $13.4m