Weekend Wrap Up: “Frozen” Not Quite Chilly Enough for “The Hobbit”

In one of the closest races we’ve seen all year, the top two films this weekend were separated by a mere $500,000. It’s almost funny that, even as five new movies opened this weekend, the box office was led by two older films, one of which has been in theatres for over a month. By any measure, though, our top two films were very successful and handily beat out much newer flicks, including all the Christmas day openers.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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TH:TDOS fell a slim 8%, bolstered by the holiday, to $29 million. That brings its total to $190 million. It continues to fall behind the pace of An Unexpected Journey, and the way things are looking, it could finish with as little as $250 million. It will be interesting to see if There and Back Again can reclaim a good portion of the audience. Maybe they’ll come back out for the final chapter. But only time will tell.

Jumping up to second place, and increasing an astonishing forty-six percent, Disney’s Frozen grossed $28.6 million. For a film to rise back into the top spot after five weeks in release (technically six, since it had a weekend in very limited release) is highly unusual. But Frozen is proving to be the go-to choice for not only kids and families, but audiences of all ages. The total now stands at $248 million, with $300 million being a very real possibility.

Anchorman 2 fell 25%, which is a somewhat large drop for this weekend, but it nonetheless has almost already surpassed the total gross of its predecessor. With $20.2 million this weekend, Ron Burgandy has $83.7 million in the bank. American Hustle inched up 2% to $19.6 million. It has a solid $60 million total. The Wolf of Wall Street opened in fifth, grossing $18.5 million. That’s a good, but not spectacular, opening. Since its Christmas debut, it has amassed $34.3 million.

Of all films in the top ten, Saving Mr. Banks benefited the most from the holiday. It jumped a huge 50% to $14 million. $37.8 million in the bank for a film that could prove to be quite leggy. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty disappoints down in seventh, grossing $13 million and $25.6 million since opening on Christmas day. Catching Fire got a nice holiday boost, going up 16% to $10.2 million, which is just what it needed to ensure it surpasses $400 million, as its total now stands at $391.1 million.

Unsurprisingly, 47 Ronin flopped, pulling in just $9.9 million and $20.6 million since opening on Christmas. Speaking of flops, A Madea Christmas fell 12% to $7.4 million. In fairness, its $43.7 million total isn’t bad. It’s just not good either. And, finally the marketplace was so crowded and the debut of Grudge Match was so weak that it couldn’t even crack the top ten. Finishing in eleventh, the boxing flick made $7.3 million. Give it $13.4 million since opening on Christmas.

Wow, that was a packed weekend. I guess that’s what five new releases will do. Yet, funnily enough, only one of the new releases so much as managed to crack the top five and the box office was almost led by a film that’s been in wide release for over a month. Next weekend should be good too, as a lot of people will still be off from work and school, but then after that, the box office will crash back down to normal. Anyway, that about wraps it up. Until we meet again.

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