Seven weeks out and the animated movie “Frozen” has made something of a comic book splash page out of the top rankings from first to third.
Over the first weekend of Jan., the just concluding last year carries its box office assessments across the annual border of first weekend of 2014. But 2014’s ticket-sales debut along Jan. 3 to Jan. 5 carries somethings old and others new.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “Frozen” commercially jostled the ending Dec. weeks for the top positions. None being comic book blockbusters or Oscar-buzzing noteworthies, their rankings hit a new shuffle on the entering showtimes for the newest “Paranormal Activity” installment.
Second place and $18.3 million spikes the box office rankings by the horror curtain-opener “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” The prime runner-up rank has been the spectacular accumulate demesne for “Frozen”. Instead of a thawing drop, Disney’s animation feature claimed a bump up for the non-consecutive time at first place. Off the cue of drawing in family movie-goers, the all-new story and script out of Disney Pictures’ to-date punctuated 2013’s overall listing for most popular commercial films. On the international market the Kristen Bell and Josh Gad voice-starring feature took 9th, and 4th along the domestic gross.
Meanwhile “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is repositioned from its fixed position slated at top crowner, a feat held from its premiere and ensued weekend counts. The non-Holmesian teaming of Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (voicing Smaug) swoops with dramatic results. Two spiraling spots into third at $15.6 million.
Just a notch above the memoir adaptation “The Wolf of Wall Street” grossing at $13.2 mil, it debuted at fifth last weekend.
Drama has not spotlighted amongst the top three slates for weeks, but with the film by legendary Martin Scorsese and starring A-Lister Leonardo DiCaprio leading a slow climb upwards, quite a few dramas come in tow.
With an all-star cast of superhero film alums – Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Amy Adams (“Man of Steel”), Jennifer Lawrence (“X-Men: First Class”), Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”) – the ’70s period film “American Hustle” is the Top 5 embanker at the 5th ranking. The round out of the Top 10 includes 7th placing “Saving Mr. Banks” (Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks) and 8th rank “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (Ben Stiler, Kristen Wiig).
Horror diversifies the genre line-up at the box office, and comedy isn’t absent at 2014’s initial Top 10. A few slots beneath the Will Ferrell-driven return of Ron Burgundy, one-time Oscar-winners in boxing roles team-up for a comedy making the 10th spot. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro co-star in “Grudge Match”, a Warner Bros. production that aggregates at $5.4 million on a second week’s showing.
With a Hobbit versus dragon flick leading the fantasy pack and “47 Ronin” a still not breaching above tenth place of eleventh with $5.mil that tails after the big name dystopian scifi-er leader “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” that warrants 9th with this weekend’s $7.0 million grosser.
A second box office weekend into 2014 opens up the film genre patchwork display further with action-fantasy “The Legend of Hercules” over Jan. 10 to Jan. 12.
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