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Frozen Freezes The Holidaze - Weeks 9 & 10

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Thor: The Dark World
American Hustle
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
47 Ronin
Grudge Match
[Sorry for not getting a report out last week. I had one night available and my wife asked if I wanted to watch a DVD, so I decided to be a good hubby instead of a good recapper. The movie turned out to be White House Down and my wife has apparently missed the last five years as she asked, "Now, which one's Channing Tatum?" Uh, the one that's not Jamie Foxx. The funny thing is I was bothered by Olympus Has Fallen stealing entire scenes from Die Hard and here I'd wished White House Down has stolen something from someone. Maybe I would've been better off recapping.]

Five new films came out on Christmas Day and they all ended up with snowballs in their stockings. Instead of a White Christmas is was a Red Christmas for studios as people flocked to theaters to mostly see the same old films. You mean, folks would rather listen to musicals and visit Middle Earth than see Keanu Reeves as a long lost samurai? Whoa.

The Wolf of Wall Street had the most bite for the new films yet even it was in sheep's clothing. With weekend totals of $18.4 and $13.2 million, it's milked $63.3 million from its investors so far. Hey, better than J. Edgar. Definitely, no Shutter Island. Might be just about The Aviator 2: Spruce Goose Ka-Choose speed.

It may have been a secret to most that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was even coming out. Two weekends of $12.8 and $8.2 million have put the film on life support with $45.7 million. Perhaps it is just an ordinary film that daydreams about being something more.

47 Ronin could but a ticket to see 47 Ronin and that probably would be 43 people more than have already seen it. Weekends of $9.9 and $5 million must have Universal wondering what the crap they were thinking investing $175 million into this illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator. Did they think they hadn't lost enough on R.I.P.D. and needed more write-offs for this tax season? Battleship, John Carter, and Jack the Giant Slayer now have someone they can pick on.

People didn't have a grudge, just indifference when it came to Grudge Match. $7 and $5.4 million weekends for this $24.9 million total gross prize leaves both Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro TKO'd. The fact that this is practically a comedy version of the "serious" Rocky VI premise makes it all the worse. Rhinestone 2 would've had a better chance at success.

Perhaps this is the time of the season we should give thanks for things like the universe completely refusing to believe in Believe. The second Justin Bieber concert-mentary had weekends of $2 million and $573,000. The film has amassed $6 million total which is only $23 million less than his Never Say Never movie opened with 2 1/2 years ago. I believe the time has come to say "Never" to a third movie.

Frozen led the way over the Holiday Break with weekends of $28.6 and $20.7 million and is now nearly at $300 million with a $297.8 million gross. If your mind just did a "Wait, wha?!" you're not alone. Two weeks ago Frozen had iced $192 million. It's made over $100 million in two weeks and the film had already been out a month. Frozen was clearly the family, date, and every kind of movie outing film of choice during the holidays. Only the people from Weasel Town, err Wesselton, didn't like it.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug did the second most damage over the break. Weekends of $29 and $16.3 million have helped raise the Misty Mountain total to $229.6 million. Though clearly not the "one ring to rule them all," The Hobbit looks to be the #3 film of the season given the lack of competition from any of the Christmas releases. Being #3 I guess is the step down from always beings the bridesmaid to always being the usher. Wait, what does it mean that I'm always stuck with the guestbook?!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and American Hustle tussled back and forth over the two weekends with AM being $1 million ahead the first weekend and $2 behind the second. With respective totals of $108.2 million for the man with the stach and $88.7 million for the disco dancing con artists, it looks like this'll be our battle for #5. Clearly, Ron Burgandy is in the driver's seat for now, but American can hustle its way to bigger weekends going forward with all the award season buzz. Will it be enough or will we see an Anchorman 3: The Legend Continues-er Even More.

The Top Five If Today Was Martin Luther King Jr. Observance:
#1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $407.5 million
#2. Frozen - $297.8 million
#3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $229.1 million
#4. Thor: The Dark World - $203.4 million
#5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 109.2 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 01/06/2014

Movies Mentioned in this Post: 47 Ronin, American Hustle, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Frozen, Grudge Match, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street, Thor: The Dark World
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