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FROZEN Steps Up to Top Spot at Box Office in Seventh Week Over PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES

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Disney's animated Frozen has done what very few films are capable of pulling off as the animated family adventure topped the box office in its not sophomore or even fourth weekend trial, but seventh weekend run. The film frontlined by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk and Ciarán Hinds and grossed $20.7 million from 3,318 theaters (down by 17), averaging $6,425 per theater. That's just a 28% change compared to last weekend's gross as the film marches towards $300 million domestically with over $297.8 million coined thus far.

In second, Paramount Pictures' Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones scared up a decent $18.2 million, averaging $6,348 from 2,867 theaters. Christopher Landon directs and wrote the screenplay for the film which stars Andrew Jacobs, Molly Ephraim, Richard Cabral, Jorge Diaz, Jessica Tyler Brown and Eddie J. Fernandez. Expect this one to fall of the charts rapidly, as do most horrors, especially ones out of the Halloween frame. Pic has a $5 million production budget and the franchise continues to turn in big profit.

Warner Bros.' The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug dropped 198 theaters in its fourth weekend run, grossing $16.2 million from 3,730 venues (down by 44%). Peter Jackson's second film in the three-part adaptation of Tolkien's beloved work, now has $229.6 million pocketed from N. American showings, and over $445.6 million overseas, making for a worldwide cume of over $675.2 million.

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street earned $16.2 million in its sophomore weekend run, passing the $50 million domestic cume mark with over $63.2 million accumulated. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau, Ethan Suplee, Jean Dujardin and Shea Whigham star in the Terence Winter-scripted film from Paramount.

Ending this weekend's top five list is Sony's American Hustle with $13.2 million. David O. Russell's excellent film which has garnered strong reviews for the most part (save a few upset critics - one of whom I can't understand), and looks set for a strong showing come Oscar time. Hustle closes in on the $100 million domestic total with $88.7 million pocketed up until now, and $1.95 million overseas, making for a $90.6 million worldwide total.

Next weekend's releases include two wide openers, with of course the critically-acclaimed Lone Survivor under helmer Peter Berg, expanding wide after a December 25th, 2013 limited release. Pic looks set for a bold showing with Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Alexander Ludwig starring.

The Legend of Hercules (2013) The Legend of Hercules (2013)
Release Date: January 10, 2014
Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee and Rade Serbedzija
What's It About?
Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his...
 
Lone Survivor (2014) Lone Survivor (2014)
Release Date: December 25, 2013 (N.Y. & L.A.), January 10, 2014 (Wide)
Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Sammy Sheik, Alexander Ludwig, Scott Elrod, Ali Suliman, Eric Steinig
What's It About?
LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York...

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