‘Frozen,’ ‘Hobbit’ to Win Holiday Box Office As Newcomers Stumble

'Frozen,' 'Hobbit' Win Holiday Box Office

'Wolf of Wall Street' leads openers with almost $35 million for fifth place

A pair of holdovers continue to dominate the domestic box office this holiday weekend while a crowded slate of wide openers are faltering.

In first for the third consecutive weekend since its opening is Warner Bros.’ “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which earned $10.1 million Friday and is expecting about $50 million Wednesday-Sunday. The epic crossed $500 million at the worldwide box office Friday, and if this frame goes according to expectations, it will become the third film in 2013 with three consecutive weekends at number one after “Gravity” and “Fast and Furious 6.”

Just on “The Hobbit’s” heels and most poised to upset its threepeat is Disney’s “Frozen.” In six frames, “Frozen” has consistently performed strongly with one weekend on top and several others in second or third place. “Frozen” beat “Hobbit” Friday with $10.3 million, but will earn about $45 million in five days.

Paramount’s “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and Sony’s “American Hustle” are expected to take third and fourth for the long weekend with around $35 million each.

Meanwhile, newcomers from almost every major studio fight over what’s left of Christmas table scraps.

Par’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” leads the pack with $6.3 million from Friday and a five-day anticipated total just shy of $35 million. With a little added interest, it could overperform and leap up to third place by Sunday, but a “C” CinemaScore indicates a low likelihood of that happening.

Fox bowed “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” on Christmas and it has earned $17.1 million to date, with $4.5 million from Friday. Pic is looking at seventh place this frame with $26 million.

Universal has already taken a writedown for an undisclosed amount of the $175 million budget for “47 Ronin,” something of an admission of the film’s anticipated failure. It is now expected to land just north of $20 million in five days, slightly higher than previous estimations, but still a disappointing sum.

And in even worse shape, though it was certainly not nearly as expensive to produce, Warner Bros.’ “Grudge Match” is looking at a meager $13 million from Wednesday-Sunday. It took 11th place Friday with $2.4 million, but may be looking forward to more favorable midweek numbers as the laffer aims at older auds who tend to avoid the opening weekend rush.

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  1. G7 says:

    Going by the projections presented in this article, one has to conclude that this is a great time to have your movie in theaters, especially if it’s connecting with an audience. Wolf of Wall Street seems to be the only newcomer picture this week that is not being overshadowed by the big 3- Frozen, Hobbit, and Anchorman 2. Of course things get even tougher when the highly anticipated Paranormal Activity : The Marked Ones opens next weekend. But the Christmas week has pretty much weeded out the winners from the losers anyway. Another potential blockbuster coming into the market on the 1st weekend of January basically means huge drops for straggling films; Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 47Ronin, and Grudge Match ad the poorer performing holdovers such as Madea’s Christmas.

  2. johnulmer says:

    Grudge Match was straight-to-video fare. De Niro’s box office resurgence in the early ’00s is long gone as he’s now known for the mediocrity of his roles, and Stallone – who was becoming a video actor in the early ’00s with films like Eye See You – only salvaged his career with franchise films, but the sad fact is, as a 67-year-old actor known primarily for Rocky and Rambo, he’s just not a box office draw. And while the film may indeed have been “Rocky vs Raging Bull,” did anyone REALLY even want to see that? Beyond both being boxing movies, they were never similar AT ALL in terms of content or theatricality, and there’s never been any real question that Raging Bull was a superior overall film, so…whose great idea was it to make a film out of that “versus” premise? Whoever greenlit that picture deserves to be fired.

  3. JJ says:

    Wolf of Wall Street was shapeless and redundant after hour two. I thought it was going to end after the mock reel when the guy drops the camera and Kyle chandler moves in to arrest di Caprio. Instead it went on and on and on.

  4. Ken31 says:

    J. E. I agree with you on NEBRASKA. That is one of the most heart tugging, funny, and compelling films I have seen in this period. The story is just wonderful and I imagine very relatable to any person who has now taken on the parent role for their aging mother and father. I’m blessed with parents that are still very active and on the go without the aid of assistants or walking devices. But, NEBRASKA is an eye-opener as to how things could get in the near future for me given that I am starting to have to parent my parents on occasion. But, the film is a tribute to the human spirit, amazing in its black and white simplicity, and I was totally blown away by the story, the performances of the actors, and the cinematography. How touching was NEBRASKA? When it ended, the screen faded to black, and the credits started to roll, no one in the audience moved, and all you could hear were muffled sniffles of contentment.

    • Not Loving it says:

      I so agree with you
      The sad thing is paramount is burying the picture because Alexander Payne refused to shoot it in color
      The movie is never ever going wide

      • Jamesmitchell says:

        No the film is great, suck it up and stop being soft. This goes to show how stupid we Americans have become, seriously idiots like you make me worry about the future or movies

  5. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “Wolf” is the most unactractive possible Holiday theme I could ever think of.” And coming from one of the world’s finest and “Catholic” Directors.. Yea, lets all after Mass this Sunday herd down to the neighborhood run amouk kiddyland Cineplex to screen a outdated storyline, foul mouth N.Y.C. Film with overpaid Leo! And of course the dwarf tossing and chimp abuse thrown in for my next confession.
    Understanding the lateness of the rollout, why on earth a Christmas Release. “Thank God for -Nebraska!

    • Jamesmitchell says:

      Oh shut up, and stop being soft. Seriously, the film is great. People like you have me worried that the future of movies is going to be stupid as hell transformers movies and generic crap like that. Please think before you type, people like you are proof that we Americans are progressively getting stupider and softer

    • Oliver says:

      Why did you put Martin Scorsese’s faith (which is well-documented) in italics, and what business is it of ours anyway?

      I believe the movie opened when it did to be eligible for the Oscars.

    • cadavra says:

      Last time I checked, about 25% of the U.S. population (roughly 80 million people) are not Christians; why should their movie-going choices be restricted to whatever is “approved” by one religion?

      • cadavra says:

        DW: If you’ll recall, the picture was originally supposed to open Nov. 15th, but they were unable to finish it in time. Dec. 25th was the last day they could feasibly open it this year without losing a significant amount of business (which they did anyway), not to mention qualifying for the Oscars. I’m sure they didn’t do it simply to offend Christians.

      • Dw Dunphy says:

        I think the main point Vizzusi was trying to make was that, even though you are absolutely correct in saying that a large segment of the audience is not Christian/Catholic, this movie was not dropped a week or two weeks before Christmas, but on Christmas Day. Of the batch of films out in the timeframe, this is the most flamboyant and aggressively hedonistic of them. Counterprogramming? Maybe, but there is a total disconnection between the holiday the movie opened on and depictions of cocaine snorted off of naked hookers.

        The ideal time for this to have come out was Black Friday, whereby all involved could claim significance to the ever-present culture of greed. They could have given a wink and called it social commentary, and people would buy into it. As it stands, we have a movie populated by the biggest stars in movies. The marketing department, blind to content or context, just said that big stars debut at Christmas so make it happen. People were offended by the choice. I think they have a right to be in this case.

        I don’t know if Vizzusi’s bringing in Scorcese’s Catholicism is a fair cop or a cheap shot, but the overall idea that this movie is hardly “holiday fare” for anyone, and that there were other better times at which to release it that would have made more sense, is perfectly valid.

      • John says:

        Scorsese sucks, as does his movies.

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  7. Harry Mc says:

    The only thing I see on the list that is surprising is the $13M for “Grudge Match”. The other screens at the multiplex must have been sold out to have allowed “Grudge Match” to pull in that much money.

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