Box Office Roundup (12/27-12/29)

Maria Millage ’17/ Emertainment Monthly staff writer
This weekend’s box office results show little deviation from last week despite the release of two highly anticipated films: The Wolf of Wall Street and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  The first did well, making a respectable $18 million in its first weekend while the second, directed by star Ben Stiller, failed to live up to its fantastical implications and flopped in comparison to other films currently out this weekend.  Long-running top dog Frozen managed to take back second place (by a long shot) from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, likely because of the many families taking their young children to the movies as a post-Christmas celebration.  Though currently in its sixth week in theaters, Disney’s newest tale is still making more than enough money in the box office to keep it afloat and in theaters for a while longer.  It will be interesting to see how all these films fare against this weekend’s newest offering, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the fifth installment in the popular horror franchise and the first major film to be released in 2014.
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($29.9 million)
Starring: Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%
2. Frozen ($28.8 million)
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel
Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($20.1 million)
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd
Directed by: Adam McKay
Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%
4. American Hustle ($19.6 million)
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner
Directed by: David O. Russell
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%
5. The Wolf of Wall Street ($18.5 million)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Rotten Tomatoes score:  76%

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