Sometimes, fate has a sense of humor. To wit: With box office figures depressed thanks to a crippling winter storm that brought record cold temperatures to much of America, it was Disney's "Frozen" sliding back into the top spot with an estimated $20.7 million.
We just wish Disney had a movie called "Heat Wave" coming out soon.
The victory caps a topsy turvy run for "Frozen," which debuted in second place behind "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" back in November before topping the box office in its second week of release. That would be the end of the story for most films, but after slipping down as far as third place on the charts, the family friendly animated hit rebounded thanks to the holiday season.
Not only has it now seized the top spot in its sixth weekend of release, a rare enough feat, but "Frozen" is also poised to crack the $300 million mark domestically, ending the weekend at $297.8 million.
"Frozen's" win was also helped by a slow weekend for new releases. With Hollywood emptying their clip at Christmas, the only major new film was the horror spinoff "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," which debuted in second place with an estimated $18.2 million. That was just ahead "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug's" $16.3 million and Oscar contenders "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle," which ended in fourth and fifth place with $13.4 million and $13.2 million respectively.
And the bottom half of the chart provided some of its own drama this weekend as well, with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" crossing the $400 million plateau. That leaves it just a hair's breadth short of "Iron Man 3's" $409 million mark as the top grossing film of 2013.
Mark Wahlberg's actioner "The Lone Survivor" tops the list of new releases for next weekend. For now, though, here's a look at this weekend's box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Frozen" - $20.7m (our review)
2. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" - $18.2m (our review)
3. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - $16.3m (our review)
4. "The Wolf of Wall Street" - $13.4m (our review)
5. "American Hustle" - $13.2m (our review)
6. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" - $11.1m
7. "Saving Mr. Banks" - $9m (our review)
8. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - $8.2m (our review)
9. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $7.4m (our review)
10. "Grudge Match" - $5.4m (our review)