‘Frozen,’ ‘Hobbit’ Start 2014 at Top of U.S. Box Office

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"Wolf of Wall Street" in third

Disney’s “Frozen” and Warner Bros.’ “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” started the new year with a bang in their familiar spots atop the U.S. box office.

“Frozen” led the way on Wednesday with $8.7 million for a six-week total of $271.9 million, followed by “Smaug” with $7.8 million for $209.3 million in 20 days. “Smaug” has also grossed $465 million overseas.

A pair of sprawling dramas pulled in the adult demo in the next two slots as Paramount’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” finished in third with $5.6 million, giving the Martin Scorsese drama $47.1 million in its first eight days. Sony’s “American Hustle” finished fourth with $5.4 million for nearly $73 million in three weeks.

Paramount’s “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” came in fifth with $4.9 million for $95 million after 15 days. The comedy sequel should crack the $100 million mark by the weekend.

Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” tied for sixth with $4.1 million each. “Banks” has gone past $48 million three weeks and “Mitty” has hit $35.5 million in eight days.

Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” continued to burn bright after a month and a half in theaters with $2.9 million for a domestic total of $398.4 million — setting the sequel up to cross the $400 million mark domestically before the weekend.

“Catching Fire” is only $10 million short of the final U.S. cume of $409 million for both 2012’s “The Hunger Games” and Disney/Marvel’s “Iron Man 3.” The latter currently carries the title of top domestic grosser for 2013 titles.

“Catching Fire” has a worldwide total is $806.4 million to date with $408 million internationally.

The 40th day of “Catching Fire” had enough heat on New Year’s Day to outgross a pair of underperforming films that opened Christmas Day — Universal’s “47 Ronin” with $2.6 million for a $26.4 million cume and Warner’s “Grudge Match” with $2.2 million and an $18.5 million total.

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