Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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January 2nd, 2014

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 3. The offshoot of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise follows Jesse, a Californian teenager. After he notices the strange behavior of an eccentric neighbor, Jesse investigates a little too closely. Before he knows what's happening, his brush with darkness has left Jesse a target for ominous supernatural occurrences. Even his friends may not be able to help free Jesse from a legacy of evil. The found footage horror movie has an R rating for graphic nudity, pervasive language, violence, and drug use. Christopher Landon directs.

"The Best Offer" arrived in theaters on Wednesday, January 1. In the romantic European mystery, Virgil dedicates his life to acquiring and auctioning the finest and rarest artworks. When a reclusive and beautiful young heiress seeks Virgil's services, he becomes inextricably caught in her spell of art, mystery, and long-hidden secrets. "The Best Offer" has an R rating for graphic nudity and mature content. Giuseppe Tornatore directs.

"Beyond Outrage" arrives in select theaters on January 3. In Japan, different yakuza clans battle relentlessly for power. Leaving devastation in their wake, the Sanno crime syndicate locks horns with other criminal forces. In the middle of this fight, the authorities become yet another complication. The movie's R rating is due to brief mature images, strong violence, and language. Takeshi Katano directs this sequel to "Outrage" (2010).

"Interior. Leather Bar." opens in limited theaters. James Franco and Travis Mathews direct the controversial and innovative piece of docufiction. When "Cruising" was filmed in 1980, some of its more graphic footage was removed from the final product. Franco and Mathews blend documentary aspects with fictional touches, exploring the nature of moviemaking and what's lost in the process. The film has not been rated.

Continuing Films

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is the second installment in director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's iconic fantasy novel. The dwarves and their reluctant hobbit companion journey ever closer to the dragon that dominates the Lonely Mountain. As fearsome as Smaug may be, he is only one of the threats that await the stalwart party. The movie's PG-13 rating is due to extended sequences of fantasy action and violence, as well as to frightening images.

"Frozen" focuses on the bond between two sisters. When one of them flees the kingdom, distraught by her mysterious secret, her sister comes after her. What's at stake is not just the sisters' relationship, but also the fate of the kingdom. "Frozen" has a PG rating for some action and mild rude humor. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee direct the animated Disney film.

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is Adam McKay's hilarious sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy. When Ron Burgundy has a chance to regain his former power as a wildly confident news anchor, he has to bring together his old crew to help him. Fortunately for Ron, his faithful friends are more than eager to reassemble. The irreverent comedy has a PG-13 rating for crude and mature content, comic violence, language, and drug use.

"American Hustle" stars Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, a lifelong conman who finds a kindred spirit in a vivacious, unscrupulous redhead. The two lose little time in swindling the na•ve out of their hard-earned money, but karma is waiting to catch up with them in the form of a ruthless FBI agent. David O. Russell's crime comedy has an R rating for pervasive language, mature content, and brief violence.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" follows one man's rise and fall from power. Corrupt and unapologetic, Jordan Belfort plays with Wall Street to his advantage, building an empire out of his own ingenuity and risky behavior. With the authorities breathing down his neck and his addictions growing out of control, Belfort's reign is limited. Martin Scorsese's film has an R rating for strong mature content, graphic nudity, drug use, language, and some violence.

"Saving Mr. Banks" stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers. Both Travers and Disney are creative geniuses, bettering the world with their art. But when Disney wants to turn Travers' beloved children's novel into a film, her desire for control over the finished product could prove a major obstacle. The PG-13 rating is due to thematic elements including unsettling images. John Lee Hancock directs.

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" traces an ordinary man's unexpected chance at becoming a daring hero. Although he has a larger than life imagination, Walter Mitty's reality is not especially glamorous. To save his job and possibly win the girl of his daydreams, Walter sets out on an adventure that tests his courage at every turn. Ben Stiller directs the film, which has a PG rating for crude comments, language, and action violence.