In what will be a tight race for first place this holiday weekend, Disney's Frozen added $10.254 million to its haul on Friday. The animated box office sensation has tallied $229.776 million domestically to-date, having already surpassed the final grosses of Disney's other in-house animation flicks from recent years. Look for Frozen to bank around $30.3 million this weekend.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug grabbed another $10.11 million on Friday. The Middle-earth sequel is now projected to earn $30.5 million in its third weekend.
Paramount's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues reported another $7.14 million yesterday to bring its domestic tally up to $71.2 million so far. Look for Will Ferrell's comedic sequel to bring in $22 million for the three-day weekend.
American Hustle continues to do healthy business with an estimated $6.4 million Friday. David O. Russell's all-star con-artist dramedy has swiped $46.9 million in total so far. BoxOffice projects a $20 million three-day weekend.
Paramount reports The Wolf of Wall Street brought in an estimated $6.26 million yesterday. The Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio film is off to a $22.05 million three-day start since opening on Christmas Day, and should bag $19.5 million for the three-day weekend. Critical reception has been solid (77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) while audience word of mouth is divisive but generally healthy (80 percent on Flixster at the time of writing). We expect Wolf to have earned $35.3 million in total by the end of Sunday.
Disney reports that Saving Mr. Banks accounted for $4.721 million on Friday, bringing its total thus far to $28.544 million. BoxOffice projects a $14.5 million three-day weekend for the film.
Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty posted a $4.535 million Friday. Ben Stiller's dramedy has totaled $17.13 million in its first three days. While critics haven't taken to the film (49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), moviegoers seem a bit more accepting of the feel-good flick (79 percent on Flixster). BoxOffice projects Mitty will bring in $14 million for the three-day weekend, giving it a possible total of $26.6 million through Sunday.
47 Ronin continued to struggle yesterday with $3.4 million after its post-Christmas 48 percent drop on Thursday. The Keanu Reeves pic has made a soft $14.1 million in its first three days. Although audiences aren't as harsh toward the film as critics are (12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), word of mouth still appears weak with just 64 percent of Flixster users anticipating or approving of the film so far. BoxOffice projects a $10.3 million three-day weekend, giving 47 Ronin a total of $21 million for its five-day start through the end of Sunday.
Warner Bros.' Grudge Match posted $2.415 million on Friday. The DeNiro-Stallone boxing pic has ringed up $8.54 million in its first three days, while BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million three-day weekend. This is another Christmas opener that critics didn't dig (20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) but casual moviegoers are a bit more forgiving of (66 percent on Flixster). Grudge will have earned a projected $13.63 million by the end of Sunday for its five-day start.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris