‘Frozen’ Tops The Box Office In Its Seventh Week, ‘The Marked One’ Impresses In Its Debut

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"Frozen" has returned to the top of the box office in its seventh week in theaters.

“Frozen” continues its impressive winter run with a return trip to the top of the box office. In its seventh week in theaters, the Disney film earned $20.7 million while newcomer “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” finished in second place, earning $18.2 million in its debut.

To date, “Frozen” has earned $297.8 million domestically and $342.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $639.9 million, reports Box Office Mojo. The animated family film has seen its fair share of competition, debuting alongside “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and later “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Despite these challenges, “Frozen” has once again reclaimed the top spot at the box office. After losing to “Catching Fire” for two weeks, “Frozen” finally bested the film during the Dec. 6-9 weekend. It’s been a month since it held the top spot at the box office, a nearly unprecedented feat, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

While “Frozen” lost to “The Hobbit” in the last box office weekend of 2013 it saw a 45.6 increase in gross from the week prior, earning $28.6 million from Dec. 27-29 compared to $19.6 million from Dec. 20-22, notes Box Office Mojo.

“The Marked Ones,” a “Paranormal Activity” spinoff, was the only wide release of the weekend, and debuted in second place. Even a weaker-than-expected box office take would have made “The Marked Ones” a success due to its incredibly cheap production budget, an estimated $5 million. The $18.2 million domestically and $16.2 million at the foreign box office, for a worldwide total of $34.4 million, will be considered a huge success for Paramount. “The Marked Ones” could be the beginning of a new “Paranormal Activity” franchise, notes THR.

“The Hobbit” dropped to third place, earning $16.3 million in its fourth weekend. To date, “The Desolation of Smaug” has earned $229.6 million domestically and $527 million overseas bringing its worldwide total to $756.6 million.

While “The Wolf of Wall Street” was edged out by “American Hustle” last week, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio reigned supreme. Both films are serious awards contenders, with “Hustle” playing better to mainstream audiences, and continue to draw solid numbers at the box office. “The Wolf of Wall Street” earned $13.4 million at the box office while “American Hustle” earned $13.2 million.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” has quickly surpassed the original, earning $11.1 million in its fourth week in theaters. To date “Anchorman 2” has earned $144.2 million worldwide while “Anchorman” earned $90.6 million worldwide. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will soon exit the top 10, it earned $7.4 million and landed in ninth place, but not before adding some impressive milestones to its resume. “Catching Fire” has earned $830.9 million worldwide, besting “The Hunger Games” and its $691.2 million, and will soon surpass “Iron Man 3” as the biggest domestic release of 2013, notes THR. “Catching Fire” has earned $407.5 million domestically and should pass the $409 million earned by “Iron Man 3” but won’t be able to match the $1.2 billion earned by the Marvel movie.

"47 Ronin" continues to disappoint, earning $5 million domestically, $32.6 million to date, and landing in 11th place. Despite modest success overseas, $51.3 million to date, Universal is expected to take a big loss from the film and its reported $175 million budget.

The weekend's top 10 at the box office, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, can be viewed below.

  1. "1. Frozen" - $20.7 Million 
  2. "2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" - $18.2 Million
  3. "3. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" - $16.3 Million
  4. "4. The Wolf of Wall Street" - $13.4 Million
  5. "5. American Hustle" - $13.2 Million
  6. "6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" - $11.1 Million
  7. "7. Saving Mr. Banks" - $9.1 Million
  8. "8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - $8.2 Million 
  9. "9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $7.4 Million
  10. "10. Grudge Match" - $5.4 Million
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