Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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December 23rd, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" debuted with $26,776,000 during the weekend of December 20. Ron Burgundy, the world's most confident news anchor, has hit a rough patch. The world is advancing fast, leaving Ron and his antiquated ideas in the dust. If Ron wants to be on top again, he'll need to assemble his old team, including Champ, Brick, and Brian. Together, the four friends might find success once again. The comedy has a PG-13 rating for crude and mature content, comic violence, language, and drug use.

"American Hustle" earned $19,100,000. Together with earnings from the film's limited release, "American Hustle" has brought in more than $20 million. Irving Rosenfeld makes up for in charisma what he lacks in common sense. The sleazy and charming conman teams up with beautiful Sydney to pull off heists, but the law soon catches up with him. Even if Irving is able to navigate negotiations with the FBI, though, he still has to contend with his jealous wife. The movie has an R rating for language, mature content, and brief violence.

"Saving Mr. Banks" has earned $9,946,486 overall, including the $9,321,000 earned during the weekend of December 20. Author P.L. Travers dazzled the world with her literary creation: the no-nonsense nanny, Mary Poppins. When cinematic giant Walt Disney decides to turn the book into a film, Travers is not so sure she wants to hand over the rights. If Disney hopes to make the movie, he'll have to first win over the author. The movie has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, including unsettling images.

"Walking with Dinosaurs" earned $7,300,000 during its debut weekend in theaters. The 3D adventure brings the prehistoric world to life, following the exploits of young dinosaurs growing up in the late Cretaceous period. A friendly and curious prehistoric bird serves as a helpful guide, introducing viewers to the exciting lives of a clan of dinosaurs who must find food, avoid predators, and create a safe life. The film's PG rating is due to creature action and peril, as well as mild rude humor.

Continuing Films

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" stayed in the top spot, bringing in $31,455,000. Overall, the fantasy epic has earned over $127 million. Bilbo has never felt too confident that he made the right decision in joining Thorin and the other dwarves on their daring quest. Although he's already overcome deathly obstacles, the journey is not over yet, and Bilbo will have to continue drawing on inner reserves of courage and perseverance. Gandalf's mysterious behavior doesn't help matters. The film has a PG-13 rating for frightening images and extended sequences of intense fantasy action and violence.

"Frozen" saw profits of $19,163,000. The Disney animated film has brought in more than $191 million. Once upon a time, royal sisters Elsa and Anna were the best of friends. But Elsa's mysterious powers slowly formed a rift between the two girls, eventually leading Elsa to flee home. Now, it's up to Anna and her eccentric new friends to journey across an icy wilderness and bring Anna's sister back home again. The family-friendly movie has a PG rating for mild rude humor and some action.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has brought in $371 million overall. During the past weekend, the movie brought in $8,750,000. Katniss and Peeta made history when they became the joint victors of the 74th Hunger Games, but now the 75th games are looming on the horizon. Katniss is beginning to realize that she cannot return to a quiet life. Before long, she will have to become a hero and bring true change to the Districts. The movie's PG-13 rating is due to thematic elements, frightening images, language, a suggestive situation, and sequences of action and violence.

"Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" earned $8,510,000, bringing total profits to more than $28 million. Eileen is heartbroken that her daughter won't be coming home for the holidays. She decides to pay her daughter a surprise visit, but what Eileen finds could shake up her whole Christmas season. Fortunately for Eileen, she has her Aunt Madea by her side to find humor in the situation and spread some holiday cheer. The Christmas film has a PG-13 rating for mature references, crude humor, and language.

Movies to DVD

"Insidiodus: Chapter 2" becomes available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, December 24. The Lambert family has yet to leave their legacy of terror behind them. Renai is trying to keep her family in one piece after her husband's terrifying brush with the Further. If she wants to truly restore peace to her household, she may have to journey into the past and uncover some dark family secrets. The horror movie has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements and intense sequences of terror and violence.