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411's Box Office Report: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Lays Waste to Competition
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.15.2013

To no one's surprise, Smaug plundered the box office this weekend. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug dominated the box office in its first weekend of release to claim #1. The film opened a bit lighter than initially forecasted with $73.7 million, which is a lower number than the $86.6 million that the first film in the trilogy opened at last year. The lower numbers are attributed to a somewhat less-than-sterling response to the first film, though the A- CinemaScore should help its box office numbers in the long run. The film added $131.2 million overseas for a total first weekend of $204.9 million. The film's budget is estimated at $225 million.

Bilbo's latest adventure knocked Disney's Frozen down a spot to #2 in its third week. The CG-animated film brought in $22.2 million to bring its domestic total to $164.4 million and its worldwide total to $266 million. The film is moving along quite nicely at this point and is pacing ahead of both Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph at the same point in their runs. Its budget was $150 million.

Coming in at #3 was Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas. The latest in the Madea franchise opened at $16 million, a weak number for the film series. The film is the third-lowest opening of all time with Perry's name attached and the lowest Madea film opening yet; the previous low was Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005 with $21.9 million. The film did score an A- CinemaScore, which should help. The film's budget isn't known.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dropped two spots to #4 in its fourth weekend with $13.2 million. The franchise sequel has now grossed $357 million domestically and $729.9 million worldwide on a budget of $130 million. It will likely catch Despicable Me 2 next weekend to become the second-highest grossing film of the year domestically.

Thor: The Dark World dropped one spot to #5 in its sixth week with $2.7 million. The Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel has now grossed $198.1 million domestically and $619.9 million worldwide. The film had a budget of $170 million.

Out of the Furnace fell hard in its second weekend, down three to #6 with $2.3 million. The Christian Bale-starring revenge tale took a 56% tumble, which is a bit high for the genre. It has grossed $9.5 million from a budget of $22 million.

Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man slipped two spots to #7 with $1.8 million. The dramedy has made $28 million domestically and $29.2 million worldwide on a $26 million budget.

Philomena was up one spot to #8 in its fourth week with $1.8 million. The British drama, which stars Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, has grossed $11 million domestically and $28.2 million worldwide to date; the budget isn't known.

The Book Thief slipped two rungs at #9 in its sixth week with $1.7 million. The World War 2-themed drama has now grossed $14.9 million.

Jason Statham's Homefront fell four places to #10 in its third week with $1.6 million. The action-thriller has grossed a total of $18.4 million. It had a budget of $22 million.

The weekend box office tally was $145.1 million, up 6.1% from last year's take of $136.7 million that was led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's opening weekend.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $73.7 million ($73.7 million total)
2. Frozen - $22.2 million ($164.4 million total)
3. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - $16 million ($16 million total)
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $13.2 million ($357 million total)
5. Thor: The Dark World - $2.7 million ($198.1 million total)
6. Out of the Furnace - $2.3 million ($9.5 million total)
7. Delivery Man - $1.8 million ($28 million total)
8. Philomena - $1.8 million ($11 million total)
9. The Book Thief - $1.7 million ($14.9 million total)
10. Homefront - $1.6 million ($18.4 million total)


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