January 12, 2014

Cartoons at the box office: "Frozen" keeps nearly everything else in a polar vortex

Cartoons at the box office: "Frozen" keeps nearly everything else in a polar vortex

FrozenAnother weekend, another cold-weather-related pun headline, which aren’t getting easier to write.

The hit Disney film “Frozen” dropped to second place this weekend (first place is taken by surprise hit new film “Lone Survivor”), earning $15.1 million for a total to date of $317.7 million. Not adjusted for inflation, “Frozen” has surpassed “The Lion King” to become Disney’s top non-reissued animated feature.

Meanwhile, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” has fallen to sixth place, earning $8 million for a total to date of $242.2 million. “Saving Mr. Banks” is in eighth place, earning $6.6 million for a total to date of $68.9 million, about twice what it cost to produce.

Next weekend should bring some competition on the animation front, as Open Road Films’ “The Nut Job” opens. It doesn’t sound like it’ll be a massive hit (feels more like another “Free Birds”), but imagine it could take some box office away from “Frozen,” as filmgoers might want to see something fresh.

Tags: animationbox officeFrozenMediamoviesSaving Mr. BanksThe HobbitThe Nut Job