In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, 'Anna' and 'Elsa' from the film 'Frozen' particiapte in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade television special at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 07, 2013. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
Hide Caption

Disney's 'Frozen' freezes out 'Paranormal' spinoff

a a a a
Share this story

NEW YORK (AP) — On a wintry weekend, Disney's "Frozen" retook the box-office top spot with $20.7 million, freezing out the horror spinoff "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones."

Paramount's "The Marked Ones" debuted in second place with $18.2 million, a total that includes Thursday night screenings, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film is a stand-alone story spun off from the lucrative, low-budget horror franchise "Paranormal Activity," the fifth of which will be released in October.

But it wasn't able to overcome Disney's animated "Frozen," which has been a hit for family audiences for the last seven weeks. It has now surpassed $600 million worldwide, making it the second highest Disney Animation release, behind "The Lion King." It will soon pass that film's $312 million domestic haul, too.

It's extremely rare for a film to lead the box office in its seventh weekend, a feat accomplished by the likes of "Avatar" and, to go further back, "Legends of the Fall." It's rarer still for a film to retake the box-office lead so late in its theatrical run. The last movie to do so was Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004, according to box-office tracker Rentrak.

Another hold-over, Warner Bros.' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," came in third with $16.3 million in its fourth week of release after narrowly topping the busy Christmas weekend box office. Like "Frozen," Peter Jackson's second installment of his "Hobbit" trilogy has benefitted from the lengthy holiday moviegoing season. Its domestic cumulative total is $229.6 million.

The snow and icy temperatures battering the Midwest and Northeast likely tempered the weekend's box-office business.

"Everyone probably suffered a little bit from the weather," said Don Harris, head of domestic distribution for Paramount. "It looked like no matter what movie it was, it was half a million to a $1 million less on Friday and Saturday than you would have been expecting, just based on what the norms were."

"The Marked Ones," made for just $5 million and starring a largely Hispanic cast, was the lone new wide release in the marketplace, as the large batch of late December releases looked to separate themselves from the pack.

Successes include Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" ($63.3 million in two weeks for Paramount), David O. Russell's acclaimed "American Hustle" ($88.7 million in four weeks for Sony) and the Will Ferrell sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," (well past $100 million domestically in three weeks for Paramount).

Having a harder time finding audiences are "47 Ronin" starring Keanu Reeves (a $175 million bomb for Universal earning $32.6 million in two weeks), the Robert De Niro-Sylvester Stallone boxing comedy "Grudge Match" ($24.9 million in two weeks for Warner Bros.) and Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" ($45.7 million in two weeks for 20th Century Fox).

"It's like traffic on the freeway," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak. "At this level of competition, there are always going to be casualties."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday:

1. "Frozen," $20.7 million.

2. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," $18.2 million.

3. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," $16.3 million.

4. "The Wolf of Wall Street," $13.4 million.

5. "American Hustle," $13.2 million.

6. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," $11.1 million.

7. "Saving Mr. Banks," $9.1 million.

8. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," $8.2 million.

9. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $7.4 million.

10. "Grudge Match," $5.4 million.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Entertainment News
Educator: 'Game of Thrones' pic got me suspended
Educator: 'Game of Thrones' pic got me suspended

A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from "Game of Thrones" that he says a school…

The Eagle serves hominy as a bar snack. Really.
The Eagle serves hominy as a bar snack. Really.

In this week's "wine me, dine me pick of the week:" Julie Niesen Gosdin bellies up to the bar and digs into "eminently…

Nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show
Nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

"Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.

FDA may back off on new craft beer regulations
FDA may back off on new craft beer regulations

The FDA may be backing off from proposed changes that would have affected brewers and farmers across the nation.

HalfCut: New craft beer café opens in OTR
HalfCut: New craft beer café opens in OTR

Starting Friday, craft beer aficionados will have a new spot in Over-the-Rhine to call home.

Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a…

Nationally-praised pizza coming to Cincinnati
Nationally-praised pizza coming to Cincinnati

The Queen City is about to be delivered an award-winning slice of pizza.

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its…

Ever tried Russian fusion? Oasis invites you in
Ever tried Russian fusion? Oasis invites you in

Sample Samsa , taste Tabaka , and then kick up your heels on the dance floor at this eatery on Fields Ertel Road.

Does Little Flower deliver big fish fry taste?
Does Little Flower deliver big fish fry taste?

The final week of Lent finds our #FFFCincy diners back on the west side, in search of the famed Little Flower Church fish sandwich on…