Promotional Poster for the film 'Frozen'. Photo Credit: Disney

‘Frozen’ Takes the Box Office on the First Day of 2014


Wednesday saw the beginning of a whole new year. New Year’s is typically a good day at the Box Office just like any other holiday; this year was no different. Despite showing on 593 less screens than the number two position, the latest animated adventure from Walt Disney entitled Frozen conquered the Box Office on the first day of 2014.

Frozen brought in $8.7 million, bringing its 41 day total to $271.8 million. The film has performed just as well overseas as it has domestically, earning $267.3 in the Foreign Market. This brings Frozen’s worldwide total to $539.11 million.

In second place on Wednesday was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Peter Jackson’s latest installation of The Hobbit franchise, pulled in $7.8 million, which is approximately $1,986 per theater. This brings the epic adventure to a 20 day total of $209.3 million.

The Hobbit is a little different than Frozen. Whereas Frozen’s numbers were pretty much evenly balanced between the domestic and the foreign box offices, The Hobbit has earned 66.9% of its worldwide gross overseas.

Adding in the $423.8 million that the film has made overseas, The Hobbit has a worldwide gross of $633.1 million.

Coming in third on New Year’s Day was the latest film from legendary director Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street. The film stars Leonardo Di Caprio as real-life Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort who earned quite the living at a very young age through a series of illegal tax schemes.

The Wolf of Wall Street pulled in $5.67 million on Wednesday. This is a 71.7% gain from the previous weeks. This brings the film’s 8 day total to $47.27 million.

Down one spot from the day before, David O. Russell’s latest film American Hustle came in at the fourth position on New Year’s Day.

American Hustle, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and more, pulled in $5.44 million. This brings the film’s 20 day total to $72.96 million.

Unlike the films before it, American Hustle has pulled in virtually no money from the foreign market. It has made a grand total of $1.95 million overseas, bringing the film’s worldwide gross to $74.92 million.

These numbers are slightly lower than one would expect considering the kind of Oscar buzz the film has been generating.

Rounding out the Top 5 is the continuing tale of Ron Burgundy and his friends. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues pulled in $4.87 million on New Year’s Day, bringing its 15 day total to $95.94 million.

Here is a look at the entire Top 10 at the Box Office on New Year’s Day courtesy of IMDb.com and Box Office Mojo.

  Title Day Gross Days
1 Frozen $8.71 million $271.81 million 41
2 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $7.8 million $209.33 million 20
3 The Wolf of Wall Street $5.67 million $47.27 million 8
4 American Hustle $5.44 million $72.96 million 20
5 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $4.87 million $95.94 million 15
6 Saving Mr. Banks $4.18 million $95.94 million 15
7 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $4.06 million $35.54 million 8
8 47 Ronin $2.57 million $26.42 million 8
9 Grudge Match $2.24 million $18.47 million 8
10 Walking With Dinosaurs $2.03 million $26.27 million 13

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