Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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After being "marked," Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.
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January 6th, 2014

"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" opened with $18,200,000 during the weekend of January 3. After Jesse investigates the apartment of a strange and ominous neighbor, his own life spirals out of control. Trying to seek answers only leads the young man deeper into a world of demonic possession and dangerous evil. If Jesse cannot find a way to free himself from this legacy, the consequences will be devastating. The horror movie's R rating is due to graphic nudity, drug use, violence, and pervasive language.

Continuing Films

"Frozen" rose to the top of box office rankings during the weekend of Friday, January 3. With weekend profits of $20,722,000, the Disney film has brought in more than $297 million so far. Elsa and Anna were once the best of friends, until Elsa's mysterious powers accidentally put Anna in grave danger. Now, Elsa is too afraid of hurting her sister to become close to anyone. The rift grows until Elsa flees, inspiring Anna to track down her sister and heal their bond. The animated movie has a PG rating for mild rude humor and some action.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" brought in $16,250,000, with total profits reaching more than $229 million. Thorin Oakenshield has one quest. He wants to reclaim the Lonely Mountain for the dwarves. This requires facing the fearsome dragon Smaug, however, and Thorin will need brave dwarves by his side. He also has
Bilbo Baggins along for the ride. As Thorin's party journeys towards the Lonely Mountain, great dangers await. The PG-13 rating is due to sequences of intense fantasy action and violence, as well as to frightening images.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" has brought in over $63 million since its debut, including $13,400,000 during the past weekend. Jordan Belfort has built a wildly successful life out of taking risks and making dangerous choices. When an FBI agent starts paying particular attention to Belfort and his cronies, the unscrupulous stockbroker realizes just how much he stands to lose. He knows he won't be going down without a fight. "The Wolf of Wall Street" has an R rating for graphic nudity, strong mature content, violence, drug use, and language throughout.

"American Hustle" earned $13,200,000 during the weekend, bringing total profits to more than $88 million. When a pair of brazen con artists ends up on the wrong side of the law, an up-and-coming FBI agent makes an offer they're forced to accept. Now conspiring to expose corruption, the two have to figure out whether they can trust each other or the authorities they're working with. The crime caper has an R rating for mature content, brief violence, and pervasive language.

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" saw profits of $11,100,000. Overall, the raucous comedy sequel has brought in over $109 million. Ron Burgundy seems to have everything: a great career, a beautiful wife, and good friends. But an unexpected move on the part of his boss leaves Ron's ego out in the cold. Now, Ron will have to fight his way back to the top and reestablish his greatness as a news anchor. Crude and mature content, drug use, comic violence, and language contribute to an R rating.

Movies to DVD
"Closed Circuit" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, January 7. Two talented lawyers with a complicated past become part of an investigation into an act of London terrorism. As they interview the suspect, the lawyers slowly grow involved with a tangled web of deceit and secrets, leading to unexpected conclusions. Language and brief violence contribute to an R rating.

"Runner Runner" stars Justin Timberlake as Richie, an enterprising student who loses big-time when he gambles on his future. Realizing that he may have been swindled, Richie sets out to confront the man behind a gambling empire. It turns out Richie could be a useful pawn, but he must choose his sides wisely. "Runner Runner" has an R rating for mature content and language.

"Thanks for Sharing" centers on the converging stories of several men, each of them attempting to overcome personal demons through the help and support of 12-step programs. While Adam is trying to make a new relationship work, Neil's sexual addiction manifests in dangerous ways, until he finds an unexpected ally to help him out. The R rating is due to language and strong mature content.
"We Are What We Are" follows the lives of a reclusive family with a dark and ancient secret. After the matriarch of the family passes away unexpectedly, her young daughters inherit her strange, bloody responsibilities. With their neighbors growing suspicious, though, the girls begin to wonder if they really want to continue the family's age-old traditions. The horror film has an R rating for bloody images, disturbing violence, nudity, mature content, and language.