Weekend Wrap-Up

Marked Ones Frozen as Disney Starts 2014 at #1

By John Hamann

January 5, 2014

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues drops from third last weekend to sixth this weekend, as American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street leapfrog Ron Burgundy. Despite the placement slide, Anchorman 2 is still running strongly, earning $11.1 million in its third weekend. That gives the comedy a drop of 44%, but it managed to cross the $100 million mark on Friday night. The budget for the Paramount release was $50 million, and it has now taken in $109.2 million stateside, along with another $35 million overseas.

Saving Mr. Banks is seventh this weekend; however, the Disney release has managed to turn low rankings throughout its run into success at the box office. This weekend, Mr. Banks earned $9.1 million, off 33% from last weekend’s $13.5 million gross. This one cost only $35 million to make, so Disney is going to be happy with a $59.3 million gross so far.

Ben Stiller’s Secret Life of Walter Mitty is eighth, and while it had an okay gross this weekend, Stiller must be feeling some pressure given the film’s $90 million production budget. In its second weekend, Walter Mitty earned $8.2 million, a decline of 36% compared to the opening weekend of $12.8 million. Thanks to the holiday season, it has $45.7 million in the box office kitty so far, so it should top out at the domestic box office with around $65-70 million. Overseas box office could bail it out though, as it has pulled in almost $70 million so far.

Ninth is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which continues its remarkable run this weekend – its seventh in release. Catching Fire earned another $7.4 million, which means it fell only 26% compared to the previous frame. It crossed the $400 million mark on Thursday, its 42nd day, becoming only the 14th film ever to reach $400 million at the domestic box office. It also nearly matches the domestic box office of the original Hunger Games this weekend ($408.0 million), as it has a gross so far of $407.5 million (the 15th biggest domestic gross ever). It has also matched the domestic score with overseas grosses, which means it has taken in more than $830 million worldwide, whereas the original earned $691 million worldwide.


Grudge Match manages to stay in tenth this weekend, as De Niro and Stallone are able to out-slug 47 Ronin and Walking With Dinosaurs. Grudge Match earned $5.4 million, dropping 23% from last weekend’s $7 million take. Its current total of $24.9 million is a long way from its $40 million budget, but overseas audiences may bail this one out.

Nothing is going to save Keanu Reeves’ 47 Ronin, as it finishes 11th this weekend. It earned only $5 million, down a nightmarish 50% compared to last weekend. Remember, the posted budget on this one is $175 million, and it has a domestic take so far of only $32.6 million.

Walking With Dinosaurs is our other colossal flop over the Christmas season, as it earned only $3.8 million this weekend. That’s good for a drop of 48%, and gives it a domestic take of only $31.4 million. Dinosaurs cost Fox $80 million, and they will be eating some of that, despite an overseas take of $52 million so far.

Overall this weekend, the holiday season ends with a bang, as the top 12 films this weekend grossed $131.7 million. A year ago, the top 12 was led by Texas Chainsaw 3D to $124 million, so the year is off to a decent start. Next weekend, The Legend of Hercules opens, and is joined by an expanding Her from Spike Jonze, as well as Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg. Happy New Year, everyone!

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/3/14-1/5/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Frozen DISNEY $20,722,000 - 28% $297,838,000
2 Paranormal Activity: the Marked Ones PARAMOUNT $18,200,000 New $18,200,000
3 The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug WARNER BROS. $16,250,000 - 44% $229,634,000
4 The Wolf of Wall Street PARAMOUNT $13,400,000 - 27% $63,295,000
5 American Hustle SONY $13,200,000 - 29% $88,700,000
6 Anchorman 2 PARAMOUNT $11,100,000 - 44% $109,180,000
7 Saving Mr. Banks DISNEY $9,057,000 - 33% $59,320,000
8 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Paramount $8,200,000 - 36% $45,669,200
9 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate $7,400,000 - 26% $407,488,390
10 Grudge Match WARNER BROS. $5,410,000 - 23% $24,920,000
11 47 Ronin UNIVERSAL $5,003,400 - 50% $32,633,865
12 Walking With Dinosaurs Fox $3,780,000 - 48% $31,383,600
  Also Opening/Notables
  In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter Mtuckman Media $6,100 New $6,100
  Justin Bieber's Believe Open Road Films $600,000 - 70% $6,000,000
  August: Osage County Weinstein Co. $140,887 - 22% $482,656
  Lone Survivor UNIVERSAL $83,642 - 8% $325,470
  The Invisible Woman $30,151 - 6% $116,840
  Her WARNER BROS. $722,000 + 11% $2,987,000
  The Past Sony Classics $40,158 + 18% $166,213
  A Madea Christmas Lionsgate $3,150,000 - 54% $50,464,966
  Inside Llewyn Davis Cbs Films $1,175,000 - 6% $6,987,350
  Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Weinstein Co. $1,109,000 - 51% $7,114,818
  Philomena Weinstein Co. $1,552,000 - 12% $19,695,351
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $670,000 - 9% $7,055,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $306,000 + 10% $16,303,188
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $326,000 - 13% $38,469,300
  Gravity WARNER BROS. $500,000 - 2% $255,644,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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