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7 weeks in, ‘Frozen’ still doing brisk business

Weekend box office

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters (in millions):

1. Frozen $20.7

2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $18.2

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $16.3

4. The Wolf of Wall Street $13.4

5. American Hustle $13.2

6. Anchorman 2 $11.1

7. Saving Mr. Banks $9.1

8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $8.2

9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $7.4

10. Grudge Match $5.4

Source: Rentrak

Updated: February 7, 2014 6:24AM



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.”

“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,” a hit for family audiences for the last seven weeks. It has now surpassed $600 million worldwide, making it the second highest grossing Disney Animation release, behind “The Lion King.” It will soon pass that film’s $312 million domestic haul, too.

It’s 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 “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004, according to box-office tracker Rentrak.

Another holdover, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” came in third in its fourth week of release after narrowly topping the busy holiday weekends.

AP



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