Disney's Frozen continues its ride at the box office on the first weekend of 2014, topping the chart in North America with $20.7 million and skating past the $600 million mark worldwide.
On the first weekend of 2014, Disney's Frozen climbed back to the top of the North American box office with $20.7 million, becoming the first movie to hold the number one spot on its sixth weekend since Avatar did so back in January 2010.
Frozen has now earned $297.8 million at the domestic box office, and is on track to pass $300 million in the next few days. The CG animated feature, released at Thanksgiving, took in $52.5 million overseas for a worldwide total of $639.9 million through Sunday. Frozen is now the most successful title of all time from Disney Animation Studios.
Paramount's new franchise entry, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, came in second place for its debut, taking in $18.2 million at the domestic box office. Overseas, the found footage film, which cost a reported $5 million to make, made $16.2 million for an early worldwide total of $34.4 million.
Coming in third place, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug made $16.3 million for a domestic total of $229.6 million. Overseas, the Hobbit sequel once again ruled the box office charts, taking in $58 million and crossing the $500 million mark internationally for a global total of $756.6 million.
Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street came in fourth place, narrowly beating David O. Russell's American Hustle with $13.4 million for a 12-day domestic total of $63.2 million. Sony’s American Hustle, coming in fifth, took in $13.2 million for a domestic total of $88.7 million.
Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues continued to do well for Paramount, crossing $100 million domestically. Coming in at number six, the sequel grossed $11.1 million for a North American total of $109.2 million.
Disney's Saving Mr. Banks placed seventh with $9.1 million for a domestic total of $59.3 million.
Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, from 20th Century Fox, followed in eighth place with $8.2 million for a North American total of $45.7 million. Mitty crossed the $100 million mark worldwide, taking in $31.5 million for an international total of $69 million and global total of $114.7 million.
Lionsgate’s November release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came in ninth place with $7.4 million, pushing its domestic total to $407.5 million. The film is on track to overtake Iron Man 3 ($409 million) to become the top domestic 2013 release.
Warner Bros. holiday comedy Grudge Match came in at number 10 with $5.4 million for a domestic total of $24.9 million. The film beat out Universal’s 47 Ronin, which took in $5 million for a domestic total of $32.6 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.