After a very close second place finish over the weekend, Disney's Frozen moved into first place on Monday with $7.898 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation was down just 6 percent from Sunday and up 9 percent over last Monday. Continued strong word of mouth, the current relative lack of competition for family audiences and kids out of school for holiday break are all combining to boost grosses for Frozen. Frozen has grossed $256.02 million to date, which currently ranks the film as the sixth highest grossing release of 2013 domestically. Frozen overtook Gravity for sixth place yesterday and later this week the film will zoom past the $268.49 million final gross of Monsters University to move into fifth place for the year.
Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug placed in second with an estimated $6.51 million. The second installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down 23 percent from Sunday and down 17 percent from last Monday. With an 18-day take of $196.00 million, The Desolation of Smaug is now on the verge of reaching the $200 million domestic mark (a milestone it should reach today). The Desolation of Smaug is currently running 14 percent behind the $228.55 million 18-day take of last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Please note that because of the New Year's holiday, there are currently no reported grosses from Paramount and Sony today. Paramount's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is expected to have taken third place on Monday, while Sony's American Hustle and Paramount's The Wolf of Wall Street are expected to have rounded out Monday's top five. We will post box office updates on all three films as soon as they are available.
Disney's Saving Mr. Banks took in $2.88 million on Monday, while Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty followed closely behind with $2.80 million. Saving Mr. Banks was down 22 percent from Sunday, while The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was down 19 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $40.16 million for Saving Mr. Banks after eleven days of wide release and at $28.16 million for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty after six days of release. With the aid of New Year's Day and only one new wide release entering the marketplace this coming weekend (Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) both films (and holdovers in general) will have a strong chance of holding up well throughout the week.
Happy New Year!!