Walt Disney Animation Studios’ smash Frozen claimed number one spot for the second time in its run, usurping The Hobbit 2 and overpowering Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones on an estimated $20.7m.
The Disney hit stands at $297.8m in North American after seven sessions and has amassed $639.9m worldwide.
Meanwhile in a session where the top 12 gained approximately 6% on the first weekend of 2013, Paramount’s latest entry in the horror franchise, which was marketed heavily at the Latino demographic, had to make do with a number two berth after grossing $18.2m.
Nonetheless the film is on course to become a big hit given the $5m production cost. Strong word of mouth at the theatres will tee up the typical solid ancillary performance.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug fell to number three in its third session throufh Warner Bros and has amassed $229.6m after four weekends.
American Hustle is en route to $100m through Sony and the awards contender ranks number five on the fourth weekend on $88.7m.
Paramount’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues crossed $100m in its third weekend as $11m elevated the score to $109.2m.
Warner Bros’ comedy Grudge Match starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro climbed one place to number 10 and has grossed $24.9m after two sessions.
Lone Survivor brought in a further $83,600 from two venues through Universal for $325,000 and expands wide this week.
The new major release this week is Lionsgate-Summit’s The Legend Of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz.
Estimated Top 10 North America Jan 3-5 2014
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (2) Frozen (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $20.7m $297.8m
2 (-) Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Paramount) PPI $18.2m –
3 (1) The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (Warner Bros-New Line, MGM) WBPI $16.3m $229.6m
4 (5) The Wolf Of Wall Street (Paramount) Red Granite International $13.4m $63.3m
5 (4) American Hustle (Sony) Panorama $13.2m $88.7m
6 (3) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount) PPI $11.1m $109.2m
7 (6) Saving Mr Banks (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $9.1m $59.3m
8 (7) The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Fox) Fox International $8.2m $45.7m
9 (8) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $7.4m $407.5m
10 (11) Grudge Match (Warner Bros) WBPI $5.4m $24.9m