Reclaiming the top spot in its sixth weekend, Frozen made an estimated $10.3 million on Friday — enough to snag the top spot during a hectic post-holiday frame that saw five new wide releases competing at the box office. Disney’s animated fairy tale has made a total of $229.8 million so far and has a shot at holding the crown for the weekend, although it’ll have stiff competition from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The fantasy sequel earned an estimated $10.1 million on Friday, making it the second-highest grosser that day and bringing its total to $170.6 million. The Hobbit is playing on 3,928 screens compared to Frozen’s 3,335.
In third place, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues grossed $7.1 million (for a $71.2 million total after 10 days in theaters), putting in on track for a healthy $22 million three-day haul in its second weekend.
Surging to fourth place, American Hustle made $6.4 million for a total of $46.9 million at 2.507 theaters after 15 days. That’s a much faster pace than David O. Russell’s last film, Silver Linings Playbook, which stayed in limited release until its 10th weekend and took over two months to hit $50 million on its way to a $132.1 million domestic total.
In a disappointing fifth place finish, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street , starring Leonardo DiCaprio, earned $6.3 million total. When it grossed $9.2 million on its Christmas Day debut, Wolf nearly overtook The Hobbit for the top spot.
1. Frozen - $10.3 million
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $10.1 million
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - $7.1 million
4. American Hustle - $6.4 million
5. The Wolf of Wall Street - $6.3 million
The weekend’s four other new wide releases underwhelmed at the box office. Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty made $4.5 million, Keanu Reeves’ 47 Ronin earned $3.4 million, and the DeNiro-Stallone face-off Grudge Match took in $2.4 million. Even worse, the Justin Bieber doc Believe raked in just $790,000 from 1,037 theaters in its third day out.
On the specialty side, August: Osage County grossed $57,300 at five theaters on its first day of release.
Check back tomorrow for official weekend estimates.