Frozen beats Hobbit to return to top of US film chart


Disney animation Frozen has returned to the top of the North American film chart in its seventh week of release, according to early estimates.
The Scandinavian-themed movie knocked The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug off the top spot and into third place.
It is unusual for a film to go back to number one seven weeks after its release.
The last film to do so, according to box office tracker Rentrak, was The Passion of the Christ in 2004.
Frozen took $20.7m (£12.7m) over the weekend.
The next biggest film on the chart was horror offering, Paranormal Activity: The Marked One, which debuted at number two with $18.2m.
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, a possible Oscar contender, was at four.
Another awards hopeful, David O Russell’s crime caper American Hustle, rounded out the top five.
Frozen, which is very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, has now made more than $600m worldwide.
That makes it the second-biggest Disney animation release after The Lion King.
Kristen Bell voices the main character in Frozen, which was created by the same team behind 2010 Disney animation Tangled.
Frozen follows the relationship of Queen Elsa and her sister Princess Anna, who battles to save their kingdom when Elsa’s involuntary magical powers threaten to destroy it.