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Frozen regains US top spot ahead of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Frozen

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Frozen has become an unstoppable force in terms of box office power.

More than a month since it last topped the US box office, the animated classic has returned to the top of the pile with $20.7 million, thereby seeing off the challenge of new release Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

Frozen has now shot past the $600 million mark worldwide (its total is $639.9 million), making it one of Disney’s most successful animated titles of all-time.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, a spin-off from the main franchise featuring a Latino element, still performed well in its debut week, hitting $18.2 million despite the bitterly cold weather that meant a lot of people stayed at home on America’s snow-bound East Coast.

Marked Ones did open below any of the Paranormal Activity movies – but that’s to be expected given the spin-off idea and the weather.

Written and directed by Christopher Landon, the film explores the effects of demon possession and the cultural history of black magic rituals used to fight it.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fell from top spot to third with $16.3 million. But its US total now stands at $229.6 million.

While contesting a tight battle for fourth spot were Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which just pipped David O Russell’s American Hustle with figures of $13.4 million and $13.2 million respectively.

Will Ferrell’s Anchorman: The Legend Continues may have slipped outside of the top five (to sixth) but its $11.1 million meant that the sequel has now crossed the $100 million in the US alone ($109.2 million).

Elsewhere, Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”: took a further $9.1 million to bring its US total to a respectable $59.3 million, while Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took $8.2 million for a US total to date of $45.7 million.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire remained a force too, coming in ninth with $7.4 million, and pushing its US total to $407.5 million. Within days, it will surpass the $409 million grossed in America by Iron Man 3 to become the top 2013 release.

That left box office flops Grudge Match, starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, and 47 Ronin to contest the remaining top 10 spot. Stallone and De Niro won with $5.4 million, meaning that Keanu Reeves had to settle for 11th.

47 Ronin did, however, enjoy a strong opening in Russia, pushing its foreign total to $51.3 million and world-wide total to $83.9 million. But that’s still a long way short of recoupting its $175 million budget.

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