"Frozen" reclaims top spot at weekend box office

This image released by Disney shows, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff in a scene from the animated feature 'Frozen.'
Image Credit: AP Photo/Disney

Disney's "Frozen" retook the box office top spot with $20.7 million, freezing out the horror spinoff "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" and knocking "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" out of a 3 week run in first place.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Paramount's "The Marked Ones" debuted in second place with $18.2 million, a total that includes Thursday night screenings. The film is a stand-alone story spun off from the lucrative, low-budget horror franchise "Paranormal Activity."

But it wasn't able to overcome Disney's animated "Frozen," which has been a hit for family audiences for the last seven weeks. Warner Bros. The second Hobbit movie in the trilogy came in third with $16.3 million in its fourth week of release.

The extreme winter weather in parts of North America may have tempered the weekend's box-office business.

Top 10 at the Box Office:
1. "Frozen" - $20.7 M
2. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" $18.2 M
3. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" $16.3 M
4. "The Wolf of Wall Street" $13.4 M
5. "American Hustle" $13.2 M
6. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" $11.1 M
7. "Saving Mr. Banks" $9.0 M
8. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" $8.2 M
9. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" $7.4
10. "Grudge Match" $5.4 M

1. Frozen

 

2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

 

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


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