Hey Folks! Weekend box office wrap up is back, coming on a Tuesday, but hey, didn’t your grandmother say it was better late than never? (Don’t answer that!)
Despite a strong showing from the genre in 2013, the first horror release of 2014 struggled at the box office. In at number 1 is Disney’s Frozen with $20.7 million. The animated film continues to do very well despite its stiff competition, and takes the top spot after playing second fiddle for three straight weeks. Given the way most new releases are struggling to sustain decent numbers, we wouldn’t be surprised if Frozen stuck around for a few weeks longer. The film is now at $297 million domestic.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones comes in at number 2 with $18.2 million. Heading into the weekend, it looked like this spin-off entry might take the top spot, but The Marked Ones struggled after Friday. At number 3 is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with $16.2 million. It appears that this second film in the trilogy will finish slightly behind its predecessor, but a $756 million global total after only 4 weeks likely makes up for that.
The Wolf of Wall Street is the number 4 movie, with $13.4 million. Despite a week-long back-and-forth over the film’s depiction of Jordan Belfort the film, and whether or not the film glorifies the Wall Street schemer, Wolf of Wall Street held strong in its second week. The film is now at $63 million. Rounding out the top 5 is American Hustle with $13.2 million. David O. Russell’s latest awards contender had to taper off sometime, but it does so having accumulated $88 million in the process. Moreover, American Hustle likely won’t reach Silver Linings Playbook‘s $132 million domestic total, but that won’t matter if the film walks away with a few Golden Globes next Sunday.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues comes in at number 6 with $11.1 million, bringing its total up to $109 million. The good news is that this sequel has surpassed its predecessor’s $85 million domestic total and has nearly doubled its $50 million production budget. But, given its hefty marketing budget, it’s hard to predict whether Anchorman 2 is in the black yet.
The number 7 film is Saving Mr. Banks with $9 million, which brings its domestic total up to $59 million. $59 million after 4 weeks isn’t bad for the film, but Disney was likely hoping for a little more from the holiday crowd.Number 8 is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with $8.2 million. Ben Stiller’s latest directorial effort did decent business during this slow post-Holiday weekend, but it is nowhere near Tropic Thunder‘s $110 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the number 9 spot this weekend with $7.4 million. Now at $407 million domestic, the mega-blockbuster sequel only needs $2 million more to surpass Iron Man 3 as the highest grossing 2013 release.*fingers crossed*
Rounding out the top 10 is Grudge Match with $5.4 million. It appears things didn’t get any better for the Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone comedy, which has accrued only $24 million after two weeks.
There we go people, the movies that rocked the box office last week. Let’s know what you think. Are people ‘cinemaing” wisely?