'Frozen' Remains #1 on Thursday; 'Catching Fire' Reaches $400 Million Mark

on January 03, 2014 by Daniel Garris

Disney's Frozen took in $5.30 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The 3D computer animated blockbuster was down 39 percent from Wednesday's New Year's Day performance and down 42 percent from last Thursday. With the holidays now over, the marketplace in general experienced significant slowing on Thursday, though family films did tend to hold up a bit better than films aimed at adult moviegoers. Frozen was the week's top film with $57.59 million over the frame. That was up a terrific 22 percent over last weekend and brings the film's current domestic total to a massive $277.12 million. Frozen is currently the fifth highest grossing domestic release of 2013 and is set to overtake the $291.05 million final gross of Warner's Man of Steel to move into fourth place on the list sometime over the weekend.

Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug placed in second with $4.05 million. The second installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down 48 percent from Wednesday and down 62 percent from last Thursday. The Desolation of Smaug placed in a close second for the week with $52.91 million. That was down 18 percent from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to a very solid $213.38 million. The Desolation of Smaug is currently running 13 percent behind the $246.29 million three-week take of last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

In other box office news, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpassed the $400 million mark on Thursday after grossing $1.68 million for the day. Catching Fire reached the milestone in 42 days and is the 18th film ever to reach the milestone (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). With a current domestic total of $400.09 million, Catching Fire is quickly approaching the respective $408.01 million and $409.01 million final grosses of 2012's The Hunger Games and 2013's Iron Man 3.

Paramount releases The Wolf of Wall Street and Anchorman 2 found themselves in a close three-way race for third along with Sony's American Hustle. The Wolf of Wall Street led the pack of three on Thursday with $2.78 million (down 51 percent from Wednesday), Anchorman 2 followed in fourth with $2.63 million (down 46 percent), while American Hustle rounded out the top five with $2.56 million (-53%). Respective total grosses stand at $98.08 million for Anchorman 2 after 16 days, at $75.52 million for American Hustle after 14 days of wide release and at $49.89 million for The Wolf of Wall Street through 9 days. All three films are likely to remain relatively close to one another in this weekend's rankings.

Disney's Saving Mr. Banks just edged out Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty for sixth place. Saving Mr. Banks was down 52 percent from Wednesday to take in $1.997 million, while Walter Mitty was down a similar 53 percent to gross $1.925 million. The two films were separated by just $72,503 for the day. While neither film got out of the gates quickly during their respective opening weekends, both films are holding up very nicely thus far. Saving Mr. Banks has grossed $50.26 million after 14 days of wide release and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has grossed $37.47 million through nine days.

Tags: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Saving Mr. Banks, American Hustle, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Frozen

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