Ready to take the fifth?

Installment No. 5 of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise features the marked ones.

Are you ready to start 2014 with a whole new series of nightmares?

If spooky is your thing, this weekend’s opener could lift your spirits.

“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” is written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. It continues the “Paranormal Activity” franchise that dates back to the 2007 original that already has spawned 2, 3 and 4.

This fifth edition takes place in Oxnard, Calif., where a group of curious party-goers take their camera to investigate after a woman dies in the apartment underneath them. Jesse, played by Andrew Jacobs, becomes marked by the evil forces. His family and friends do all they can to save him.

The plot hints back to activity in “Paranormal Activity 3.”

The trailer promises quick cuts, scary possession and plenty of terror.

Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts and Gabrielle Walsh also star.

Box office report

Film-goers love their Hobbit.

Topping the box office parade for Christmas weekend 2013 was “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The second installment of the prequel trilogy to Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” grossed $29.04 million, according to That puts its overall gross at $189.49 million for three weeks.

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The No. 2 film on the list has shown even sturdier box office legs. Disney’s animated “Frozen” was barely nipped at the gate for the weekend, with $28.59 million. It’s overall take is $248.11 million for six weeks.

Will Ferrell’s comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” stood at No. 3, with a weekend haul of $20.15 million, raising its overall numbers to $83.66 million.

“American Hustle” ranked fourth, at $19.55 million and $60.03 million.

That means you have to go all the way down to No. 5 to find the first weekend-opener. That was “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the financial caper that took in $18.51 million for the weekend to stand at $34.30 million overall, thanks to the Christmas Day opening on Wednesday.

The trailing openers were “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” at No. 7 ($12.76 million and $25.36 million); “47 Ronin” at No. 9 ($9.91 million and $20.61 million); “Grudge Match” at No. 11 ($7.01 million and $13.14 million) and “Believe” at No. 14 ($2.00 million and $4.27 million).

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