Box Office Roundup (1/3-1/5)

Maria Millage ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
After being on top since it’s release before Thanksgiving, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has finally been knocked out of first place by Disney’s animated showstopper Frozen.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones stole second place in its opening weekend with iffy fan reviews.  Critics unanimously agreed that the franchise’s found-footage formula is getting stale though the acting and writing are proclaimed to be better than the previous four films.
Similar to last week, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street are in a close battle for fourth place with Scorsese’s tale of the debauchery on Wall Street taking the cake by a miniscule $200,000.  Both films are being claimed as well-acted and well-directed and will probably be battling it out again in March at the Academy Awards.
1. Frozen ($20.7 million)
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel
Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18.2 million)
Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh
Directed by: Christopher Landon
Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($16.2 million)
Starring: Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%
4. The Wolf of Wall Street ($13.4 million)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%
5. American Hustle ($13.2 million)
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner
Directed by: David O. Russell
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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