Weekend Box Office: FROZEN Claims Top Spot over a Wintry Weekend, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Debuts at Number Two

     January 5, 2014


For a moment, it looked as if this week’s only wide-release debut, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, would be winning 2014’s first weekend box office.  Not so fast.  Disney’s animated feature Frozen took advantage of a wintry weekend to reclaim the top spot well over a month after its release.  Other 2013 blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are still going strong, with the year’s end releases filling out the rest of the list.

While it sets a debut-weekend box office low for the Paranormal Activity franchise, the spin-off still managed to bring in over $18 million on a reported budget of only $5 million, and without a Halloween release date to boost sales.  As a financial polar opposite, the Universal write-down 47 Ronin has fallen out of the top ten after another dismal showing.  Here’s the top ten films from this weekend’s box office:

Title  Weekend Total
1.  Frozen $20,722,000 $297.8
2.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $18,200,000 $18.2
3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $16,250,000 $229.6
4.  The Wolf of Wall Street $13,400,000 $63.3
5.  American Hustle $13,200,000 $88.7
6.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $11,100,000 $109.2
7.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,057,000 $59.3
8.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $8,200,000 $45.7
9.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $7,400,000 $407.5
10.  Grudge Match $5,410,000 $25.0

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