Coming out of a holiday season led by the festive "Frozen" and a "Hobbit" sequel, the low-budget "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is staking a claim for big-screen chills as the new year gets underway.
A spinoff from the found-footage franchise that has generated more than $350 million domestically so far, "The Marked Ones" earned an estimated $8.7 million on Friday to top the box office charts heading into the weekend.
In second place heading into Saturday, the animated Disney musical "Frozen" earned an estimated $6.7 million, which brought it ever closer to topping the $300-million mark in sales (the film has earned $283 million thus far).
Not far behind in third place, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" earned an estimated $5.1 million. Elsewhere in a weekend short on new releases, a pair of would-be Oscar contenders rounded out the top five.