Box Office Report: Kirk and Keanu can’t unseat Frozen

Still from film Frozen

Frozen has done it again! There’s just no stopping this film. The animated juggernaut fought off competition from newcomers Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 47 Roninto retain the #1 spot over the last weekend. Jack Ryan and 47 Ronin did quite well considering that fact that the public was not really clamouring for either film; Chris Pine has yet to prove himself as a bankable lead outside of the Star Trek franchise and Keanu Reeves has not been a box office draw for a long time now. Decent reviews should keep Jack Ryan doing good business for a few weeks, while 47 Ronin will likely slip off the chart quite soon.

Frozen has proven to have stronger legs than other Boxing Day releases The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Philomena.Frozen’s Australian total currently stands at $24.3 million, while The Desolation of Smaug has made $30.5 million. With Frozen showing no sign of slowing, it will likely overtake Smaug by the end of its run.

The recent Golden Globes ceremony and the announcement of the Oscar nominations don’t seem to have had a huge effect on the box office here in Australia. Although American Hustle was able to return to the chart after its Globe win and 10 Oscar nominations, its main competitors were unable to do so. This is due to the fact that Gravity has ended its Australian run and 12 Years a Slave is not released here until January 30th.

Walt Disney
The Book Thief
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Saving Mr. Banks
Walt Disney
47 Ronin
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Warner Bros
Free Birds
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
American Hustle
EOne /Hopscotch

This week sees the release of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones; a spin-off of the hugely successful horror franchise. The film is apparently a step up from the fourth Paranormal film in terms of scares and overall quality, so it should do quite well. Whether or not it can overtake Frozen to take the #1 spot remains to be seen. Thursday also sees the release of Martin Scorsese’s latest crime epic, The Wolf of Wall Street. The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, has caused some controversy in the US due to its graphic scenes of drug use and sex and has been given an R18+ rating here in Australia. However, the film has been a financial success in the US and has just been nominated for a bunch of Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Factor in the widespread love for Scorsese and DiCaprio and the film should be able to overcome the controversy and be a success here in Australia.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and The Wolf of Wall Street are released this Thursday.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo.


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