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Top 10 movies: ‘The Marked Ones’ kick off the New Year chills

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New year, new movies. The first weekend of 2014 brought chills and screams to theaters with “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.” The fifth installment of the “Paranormal” franchise stood alone as the only new release, but the Box Office is currently packed with a great selection of films. On Monday, January 6, the Box Office updated their charts to feature the top 10 movies this weekend.

Despite being the only addition to theaters this weekend, “The Marked Ones” didn’t attract enough horror fans to be number one. Ahead of the scare flick is “Frozen,” with an estimated $19.5 million. Still, the “Paranormal” films always bank due to the large fan following and extremely low budget. This chapter cost a reported $5 million to make and advertise, and it currently stands with a little over $18.5 million.

Almost tying up with “The Marked Ones,” fantasy film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” came in third place with $15.6 million. Below are early estimates for the top 10 movies this past weekend, from Friday, January 3, through Sunday, January 5.

  1. “Frozen” $19.5 million
  2. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” $18.3 million
  3. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” $15.6 million
  4. “The Wolf of Wall Street” $13.2 million
  5. “American Hustle” $12.4 million
  6. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” $10.6 million
  7. “Saving Mr. Banks” $8.6 million
  8. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” $8 million
  9. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” $7 million
  10. “Grudge Match” $5.3 million
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