Bad weather means slow box office, 'Frozen' tops 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones'

By Daniel S Levine,

With frigid temperatures and poor weather taking over much of the country this weekend, the box office numbers were noticeably smaller than usual. It’s not clear how much the weather impacted movie theater traffic, but it is clear that more people were in the mood for Frozen than a horror movie.

Disney’s Frozen, which is now in its sixth week since its Thanksgiving release, topped the box office with just $20.7 million. Box Office Mojo notes that this is the third-best sixth weekend in history, only behind Avatar ($34.9 million) and Titanic ($25.2 million). It’s actually the first time a movie in its sixth week of release has topped the box office since Avatar in 2010.

Frozen’s domestic total is now at $297.8 million, while the film continues to bring in audiences around the world. The Hollywood Reporter notes that it has now eclipsed $600 million internationally, standing at $639.9 million.

Meanwhile, The Marked Ones, Paramount’s Paranormal Activity spin-off marketed to the Latino community, came in second place. The first wide release of 2014 made just $18.2 million, the franchise’s worst opening yet. Entertainment Weekly reports that the film earned a C- CinemaScore Grade, but Paramount’s not likely to care. The dirt-cheap franchise will get a fifth film in October.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug added $16.3 million and is at $229.6 million domestically after a month in theaters. The film is still off from An Unexpected Journey’s total and the third film comes out later this year.

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street capitalized on all that press after its release on Christmas day and added $13.4 million. It has already reached $63.3 million, again proving that there’s no such thing as bad press.

David O. Russell’s American Hustle added $13.2 million.

image: Paramount

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