Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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December 30th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

"The Wolf of Wall Street" earned $18,510,000 during the weekend of December 27. Together with Christmas Day profits, the film has earned over $34 million. Jordan Belfort is living the American dream, reveling in drugs, women, and power. Behind the scenes, however, Belfort's empire is anything but stable. When his unscrupulous decisions catch up with him, Belfort could lose everything he holds dear. It's up to Belfort to stay ahead of the law. The film's R rating is due to strong mature content, graphic nudity, drug use, language, and some violence.

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" earned $13 million during the past weekend, bringing total profits to more than $25 million. A quiet and retiring man, Walter Mitty comes alive in his elaborate daydreams. He seems destined to be a hero only in his imagination, until fate conspires to give him a chance. Finally, Walter has a shot at becoming the man he is in his wildest daydreams. Crude comments, language, and action violence contribute to a PG rating.

Continuing Films

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was top at the box office during the holiday weekend. Weekend profits of $29,850,000 brought the total to more than $190 million. As they continue their voyage towards the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield, and the rest of their stalwart crew will face a whole host of challenges and obstacles. Gandalf complicates matters when he leaves the party unexpectedly, while Legolas and Tauriel form an alliance with the group. The PG-13 rating is the result of frightening images and extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence.

"Frozen" saw earnings of $28,845,000. In all, the Disney film has earned over $248 million. After her sister flees from home, it's Anna's job to retrieve her sister and break the icy spell that has the entire kingdom in its grasp. She'll need help along the way, which is why she teams up with an ice trader, a snowman, and a reindeer. "Frozen" has a PG rating for mild rude humor and some action.

With weekend earnings of $20,150,000, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" has brought in over $83 million. Ron Burgundy has seen better days. The world has humbled Ron, but he still dreams of making it big and regaining his former glory. He might get a second chance, especially if his old crew comes to his aid. The trip to the top won't be easy. Drug use, crude mature content, comic violence, and language contribute to a PG-13 rating.

Thanks to weekend earnings of $19,550,000, "American Hustle" has surpassed the $60 million mark. Irving Rosenfeld and his seductive partner in crime have been making a killing by preying on the desperate. Now, they're the ones who must fight for their freedom. An ambitious FBI agent forces the two to help him pull off a ploy to entrap other unsavory figures. The film's R rating is due to brief violence, mature content, and pervasive language.

"Saving Mr. Banks" earned $14,021,000, resulting in overall profits of more than $17 million. Walt Disney is used to getting his own way and creating movie magic. However, he meets his match when he tries to obtain the movie rights to P.L. Travers' whimsical novel. If he wants to fulfill a standing promise to his children, Disney must win Travers over. The PG-13 rating is due to thematic elements including some unsettling images.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" earned $10,200,000. Overall, the movie has brought in more than $391 million. Katniss and Peeta reluctantly put on a show to convince the Districts that their romance is true and lasting. All Katniss really wants is to bring down the powers that be, but as President Snow plots against her, her chance at triumph seemingly slips from her fingers. The movie has a PG-13 rating for frightening images, thematic elements, language, a suggestive situation, and intense sequences of action and violence.

Movies to DVD

"Don Jon" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, December 31. Jon is a good guy, surrounded by friends and family. In terms of romance, though, his unrealistic expectations prevent him from growing close to any one woman. All this will change when he meets the love of his life, but both of them will have to evolve. "Don Jon" has an R rating for strong graphic mature content and dialogue, nudity, drug use, and language.

"CBGB" stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, one of the great pioneers of the punk scene. After opening a New York club that purports to offer country and blue grass, Kristal became a patron of the arts, providing a platform for some of the world's most revolutionary, iconic bands. The film's R rating is due to language, mature content, drug use, and a scene of violence.