Paramount's The Wolf of Wall Street took in $1.47 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. The Martin Scorsese directed awards season hopeful starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down 11 percent from Wednesday and down 47 percent from last Thursday. The film's hold from last Thursday was the strongest of any film currently in wide release. The Wolf of Wall Street placed in fourth for the week with $19.69 million. That was down 42 percent from the previous frame and brings the 16-day total for the film to $69.59 million. The Wolf of Wall Street is currently running 6 percent ahead of the $65.54 million 16-day take of 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Fellow awards season hopeful American Hustle held steady in second place with $1.21 million. The David O. Russell directed film from Sony was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down 53 percent from last Thursday. American Hustle took fifth place for the week with $17.44 million (down 50 percent from the previous week) and has now grossed a strong $92.96 million after three weeks of wide release. American Hustle is just $7.04 million away from the $100 million domestic mark and will likely reach the milestone before the end of the weekend.
Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was up one spot over Wednesday to take third on Thursday with $1.10 million. The second installment of Peter's Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down just 6 percent from Wednesday and down 73 percent from last Thursday. The Desolation of Smaug placed in third for the week with $20.82 million. That represented a 61 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's four-week total to $234.20 million. The Desolation of Smaug continues to run 13 percent behind the pace of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Frozen was down one spot from Wednesday to claim fourth with $1.09 million. Disney's 3D computer animated blockbuster fell 8 percent from Wednesday and a sharp 80 percent from last Thursday. Frozen was the week's top film with $25.47 million. That was down 56 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's domestic total to a massive $302.59 million. With the holidays behind us, Frozen will now be much more of a weekend film going forward.
Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones rounded out its first week of release with a seventh place take of $0.75 million. The horror spin-off continued to fall off quickly, as it was down 11 percent from Wednesday. The Marked Ones placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $22.17 million. While that was in line with expectations, it was an underwhelming 35 percent softer than the $33.96 million one-week start of 2012's Paranormal Activity 4.
In other box office news, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now out-grossed the $409.01 million final domestic gross of Iron Man 3 to become the highest grossing release of 2013 domestically. After taking in $0.496 million on Thursday, Catching Fire has grossed $409.39 million to date.