Box office: 'Frozen' slides past 'Hobbit' on Friday for top spot
"Frozen" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continue to slug it out at the box office, with the animated Disney film eking out a small victory on Friday night. The two will be neck-and-neck all weekend, with "Smaug" likely pulling ahead by Sunday.
"Frozen" scored $10.3 million on Friday and is expected to earn around $28 million this weekend, which would make it the second-highest grossing after 2009's "Avatar" ($34.9 million). So far, "Frozen" has earned a huge $229.8 million domestically.
"Desolation of Smaug," however, will likely maintain the box office crown for the weekend, after earning $10.1 million on Friday for second place. The second part of the second big screen Tolkien trilogy will likely earn $30 million for the weekend. Its domestic total stands at $170.6 million, while worldwide, it has already crossed the $500 million mark.
Paramount's comedy sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" came in third, grossing $7.1 on Friday, and should pick up $21 million or so for the weekend.
"American Hustle" walked away with another $6.4 million for fourth place on Friday. The all-star film --starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams -- has so far hustled up $46.8 million domestically.
In a close fifth place finish, Martin Scorsese's epic "Wolf of Wall Street" picked up $6.2 million, bringing its total to $22 million.
Some studios got lumps of coal for Christmas, however, as several wide release continue to struggle in the crowded marketplace.
Universal's still-born "47 Ronin" finished at No. 8 on Friday with just $3.4 million. The Keanu Reeves samurai film will likely only earn $10 million for the weekend and $21 million for the five-day frame (it opened on December 25). "Ronin" will reportedly lose some $175 million for the studio and co-financiers.
"Grudge Match" is also having a hard time landing a punch. The Sylvester Stallone-Robert De Niro boxing film finished outside of the top ten, with $2.4 million. The film has totaled $8.5 million domestically.
Finally, the Justin Bieber concert documentary "Believe" has little to celebrate. The film brought in $775,000 at No. 14, bringing its five-day debut to $4.5 million. His last doc, "Never Say Never," debuted to a massive $29.5 million, but had a wider opening than the new film.
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
Let Streaming Genie help you.