Welcome to the Box Office Report, where "the marked ones" is how we usually refer to our underwear drawer.
1. Frozen (Beuna Vista): $20.7 million in 3,318 theaters
Oh, the answer to the headline is "ICE COLD." After six long weeks, Frozen finally climbed to the top of the heap. Oh, wait, it was already on top at the beginning of December? And movies usually never reign at the box office six weeks after wide release? January is always a strange month, but also Frozen is a juggernaut. Disney's latest passed the $600 million mark globally this week, and it's barely slowing down.
2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Paramount): $18.2 million in 2,867 theaters
The latest Paranormal Activity movie, while still cheap with its $5 million budget, had the worst opening of any entry in the franchise, probably because it was not released around Halloween like the others, and it was so cold this weekend. No one goes to the movies when it's cold, right?
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Buena Vista): $16.2 million in 3,730 theaters
I need a New York Times investigation like this one on how to properly pronounce "Godot," but for "Smaug." Is it "sma-ow-g," or "sm-ah-g"? Lord of the Rings nerds, please don't judge me too harshly.
4. American Hustle (Sony): $13.4 million in 2,557 theaters
Starting to believe David O. Russell is not actually a great director, but he discovered that crowds are easily amused by dance scenes. Hustle? Two dance scenes. Silver Linings Playbook? More dance scenes than you can count. The Fighter? Well, boxing is kind of like dancing, right? Just go with it.
5. Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount): $13.2 million in 2,518 theaters
Imagine if this movie was actually about an Animorph working on Wall Street. Box office records would perish and the Oscars would be cancelled.
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