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THURSDAY, 8:09 AM: Since Christmas fell on a Wednesday this year and New Year’s Eve on a Tuesday, the studios are enjoying a long holiday run at the box office that will continue through Sunday. Through the New Year’s holiday, The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug surpassed $200M for Warner Bros.’/MGM, but it was Disney’s animated musical Frozen that has iced the competition since Sunday, taking in solid midweek numbers and climbing its way past such 2013 powerhouse grosses as Gravity and Fast & Furious 6 to earn about $263.1M at the end of calendar year 2013. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is expected to cross the $400M mark for Lionsgate either tonight or tomorrow. Sony and Annapurna’s American Hustle is rolling past $70M and the studio is hoping to edge into $90M by the weekend — a much-needed surge for the studio as it heads into the middle of awards season. However, box office for the rest of the week will be impacted by a massive snowstorm hitting the Northeast that will have about 70M people digging out and facing bitter temperatures. Paramount is reaping a big box office take for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues both here and abroad, with an estimated domestic gross of about $95.5M through Wednesday. New Year’s Day was strong for almost all of the top 12. Those pics receiving the highest percentage increases from Tuesday to Wednesday were Universal/Elliot’s 47 Ronin (+78.5%) and Paramount’s daring duo The Wolf of Wall Street (+72%) and Anchorman 2 (+62%). Meanwhile, Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks and Fox’s remake of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty are holding strong through the week.
1). Frozen (DIS), $28.5M (3-day), $7.898M, Mon., $7M, Tues. (-10%), $8.7M Wed. (+24%), 3,335 locations, Cume: $271.8M, Wk 6.
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (WB), $29M (3-day), $6.5M Mon., $5.5M Tues. (-15%), $7.8M Wed. (+41%), 3,928 locations, Cume: $209.3M, Wk 3.
3). The Wolf Of Wall Street (PAR), $18.3M (3-day), $3.9M, Mon. $3.3M Tues. (-17%), $5.6M (+72%), 2,537 locations, Cume: $47.1M, Wk 1.
4). American Hustle (SONY), $18.7M (3-day), $4M, Mon. $4.3M Tues. (+9%), $5.4M (+25%), 2,507 locations, Cume: $72.9M, Wk 3
5). Anchorman 2 (PAR), $19.76M (3-day), $4.3M, Mon. $3M Tues. (-31%), $4.88M Wed. (+62%), 3,507 locations, Cume; $95.5M, Wk 2.
6). Saving Mr. Banks (DISNEY) $13,45M (3-day), $2.8M Mon., $3.9M Tues. (+36%), $4.1M Wed. (+6%) 2,110 locations, Cume: $48.2M, Wk 3.
7). The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Fox), $12.76M (3-day), $2.8M Mon., $3.3M Tues. (+20%), $4.1M (+22%), 2,909 locations, Cume: $35.5M, Wk 1
8). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (LGF) $10M (3-day), $2.4M Mon., $2M Tues. (-17%), $2.9M Wed. (+40%), 2,315 locations, Cume: $398.4M, Wk 6
9). 47 Ronin (Uni) $9,91M (3-day), $1.8M Mon., $1.45M Tues. (-19%), $2.6M Wed. (+78.5%) 2,689 locations, Cume: $26.4M, Wk 1.
10). Grudge Match (WB) $7M (3-day), $1.4M Mon., $1.6M Tues. (+11%), $2.2M Wed. (+38%), 2,838 locations, Cume: $18.4M Wk 1
11). Walking With Dinosaurs (Fox) $7M (3-day), $1.7M Mon., $1.66M Tues. (-4%), $2M Wed. (+21%), 3,243 locations, Cume: $26.3M, Wk 2
12). Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (LGF) $6.88M (3-day), 1M Mon., $995,000 Tues. (-8%), $1.4M Wed., (+39%), 1,788 locations, Cume: $46.6M, Wk 3.For more estimates listed by title, see box office results here...