Box Office: “Frozen” keeps earning and earning, “Smaug” will never catch it

Disney’s animated musical “Frozen,” with virtually no competition for the family film holiday dollar (“Walking with Dinosaurs” bombed), has moved back ahead of “The Desolation of Smaug” and seems destined to finish just shy of $300 million when all the coins are counted. Does that help its Oscar chances, with the Academy voters inclined to just go with the flow? Probably.

“Anchorman 2” will hit the $100 million mark by Saturday. Not a world beater, but enough to keep Will Ferrell in movies for a bit longer. Cable is beckoning.

“American Hustle” is still well ahead of Oscar contenders “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” but with “Wolf” playing at a lot more mid-American cinemas outside of the big cities, the long term winner could be Scorsese.

“12 Years a Slave” is nearing $40 million, and an Oscar bounce should send that one above $60 or so.

 

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