‘Nut Job,’ ‘Frozen’ Continue to Perform Well at B.O.


Animated features The Nut Job and Frozen performed well at an overall weak weekend at the box office, taking the third and fourth places in a frame where the only major release, Lionsgate’s I, Frankenstein, debuted in eighth place.

In its second weekend of release, The Nut Job took in about $12.3 million for a domestic total of about $40 million. The film has yet to open in foreign markets, though the indie feature has done well enough to get a sequel green lit for 2016.

Frozen, meanwhile, continued to show legs with a $9 million weekend good enough for fourth place in its 10th weekend of release. That brings its domestic total to nearly $348 million and its worldwide tally to more than $810 million. Expect the movie to get a boost again next weekend — where the Super Bowl tends to depress movie attendance — when Disney releases a sing-along version to theaters.

Both animated features came in behind Ride Along, again the No. 1 film this weekend with an estimated $21 million in ticket sales; and Lone Survivor, which just beat out The Nut Job with an estimated $12.8 million.

I, Frankenstein’s debut in eighth place with $8.2 million was the sole new major release this weekend.

Other VFX and animated features still in release include: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, with $2.2 million to bring its domestic total to $252 million and its global total to $847 million; Gravity, with $2 million, for $261million domestic and $680 million worldwide; $1.5 million for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, now at $420 million domestic and $855 million worldwide; and Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, taking in $280,000 for $119 million domestic and $257 million worldwide.

The Nut Job

The Nut Job