B.O. Roundup, January 3-5: 'Frozen' Puts 'Paranormal Activity' in the Cooler

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B.O. Roundup, January 3-5: 'Frozen' Puts 'Paranormal Activity' in the Cooler

It's not often that a major release claims the number one spot on two non-consecutive weekends.

Frozen has done just that, rising back to the top in its sixth weekend of release, having debuted way back on November 22, 2013.

The latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios emerged as the number one movie in the nation in a frame that coincidentally found much of the country covered in snow.  The animated musical added another $20.7 million in estimated earnings from 3,318 locations, bringing Frozen's domestic total to $297.8 million.  Co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen has now zipped past Man of Steel to become the fourth-biggest domestic release of 2013.

In a little note for the record books, Frozen's sixth frame is the third-highest sixth weekend in movie history, behind only the James Cameron double-header of Avatar (34.9 million) and Titanic ($25.2 million).

The exceedingly well-reviewed family film has also collected $342.1 million in foreign markets.  So it's safe to say that Disney's animated hot streak continues now that Frozen has amassed a worldwide total of $639.9 million.

Going into the weekend, many box office prognosticators were prognosticating a number one victory for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the fifth installment in the found footage horror franchise.  Instead, the week's lone new wide release earned an estimated $18.2 million from 2,876 theaters.

The spinoff marks a change of pace for the series, entries in which typically drop during the buildup to Halloween.  The result suggests that the Paranormal Activity gas tank may slowly but surely be running dry.  After all, The Marked Ones saw the smallest opening weekend since the first entry created buzz via a platform release back in 2009.  At this point, it looks like Paranormal Activity 3 will be the franchise's opening weekend high-water mark, since it debuted to $52.5 million in 2011.  The last installment opened to $29.0 million in 2012.

So the law of diminishing returns appears to apply to this particular franchise, but given that The Marked Ones more than tripled its $5 million production budget in the first weekend, making Paranormal Activity movies is still a good investment for Paramount.

Last week's number one movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug followed Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones in third place.  Awards season favorites The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle swapped places from last weekend, with Martin Scorsese's movie hopping up to fourth and David O. Russell's latest dropping to fifth.

Here are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of January 3rd through 5th:

1.  Frozen                                                     $20.7 million    $297.8 million

2.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones  $18.2 million    New Release

3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug    $16.2 million    $229.6 million

4.  The Wolf of Wall Street                           $13.4 million    $63.3 million

5.  American Hustle                                      $13.2 million    $88.7 million

6.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues     $11.1 million    $109.2 million

7.  Saving Mr. Banks                                     $9.0 million      $59.3 million

8.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty               $8.2 million      $45.7 million

9.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire           $7.4 million      $407.5 million

10.  Grudge Match                                        $5.4 million       $25.0 million

Next week finds The Legend of Hercules opening nationwide, with awards season contenders Her and Lone Survivor expanding.

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