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411's Box Office Report: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Holds off Anchorman 2 For #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.22.2013

It was a fairly close battle, but The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug held onto the top spot at the box office for a second weekend. The Lord of the Rings prequel scored $31.5 million in its second weekend for the #1 spot. That is a drop of 57%, which is about right considering the high opening weekend and the front-loaded nature of the genre. The film has now grossed $127.5 million domestically and $262.9 million worldwide from a budget of $225 million.

Coming in at #2 with a strong performance was Anchorman: The Legend Continues. The comedy brought in $26.8 million for the weekend, bringing its total since opening on Wednesday to an even $40 million. The numbers are right about at what the studio was hoping for with the film and decent reviews, along with a B CinemaScore and a general trend toward low box office dropps over the end of December, should make this a solid hit. The film had an average of $7,635 from 3,507 theaters and a budget of $50 million.

Coming in at #3 was Disney's Frozen down a spot from last week with $19.2 million. The CG-animated film has a five-week totak of $191.6 domestically and $344.2 million worldwide. Its budget was $150 million.

American Hustle had its first weekend of wide release and finished at #4. The David O. Russell ensemble film brought in $19.1 million at 2,507 theaters for a $7,619 average. The film should hold well with great reviews and a B+ CinemaScore; it has a total of $20.2 million domestically and $22.2 million worldwide from a $40 million budget.

Disney's Saving Mr. Banks came in at #5 in its first wide-release weekend with $9.3 million. The film, about Walt Disney's efforts to acquire the rights to Mary Poppins, averaged $4,418 from 2,110 theaters. The numbers are slightly below the $10 million the studio was hoping for, but the A CinemScore and solid reviews will help it and family films always do very well over the holidays. The film added $5.5 million overseas for a $15.4 million total; the budget was $35 million.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dropped two spots to #6 in its fifth weekend with $8.8 million. The franchise sequel has now grossed $371.7 million domestically and $765.3 million worldwide on a budget of $130 million. It now ranks as the #2 movie of the year domestically and is only $38 million behind Iron Man 3.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas fell four spots in its second weekend to #7. The latest in the Madea franchise brought in $8.5 million for a solid drop of 48%. That number is pretty good for Perry's films. It has grossed $28.3 million from a budget of $25 million.

Walking With Dinosaurs opened at #8 with a rather disappointing $7.3 million. The family adventure film was expected to hit the low teens for Fox but failed to acheive that mark; it averaged $2,259 from the 3,231 theaters in which it opened. The film may be able to have low drops based on the family-friendly nature and the holiday weekend but it has a long, long way to go to make back the $80 million budget and a B CinemaScore neither helps nor hurts it.

A relative surprise at #9 was the opening of the Bollywood action thriller Dhoom 3. The Indian-language film brought in $3.3 million from 236 theaters for a $14,004 average. The film's budget was about $23 million.

Thor: The Dark World made way for a lot of newcomers and fell five places to #10 with $1.3 million. The Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel has now grossed $200.8 million domestically and $627.1 million worldwide. The film had a budget of $170 million.

The weekend box office tally was $142 million, up 28% from last year's take of $110.9 million that was led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's second weekend at $36.9 million.

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 - $31.5 million ($127.5 million total)
2. Anchorman: The Legend Continues - $26.8 million ($40 million total)
3. Frozen - $19.2 million ($191.6 million total)
4. American Hustle - $19.1 million ($20.2 million total)
5. Saving Mr. Banks - $9.3 million ($9.9 million total)
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $8.8 million ($371.7 million total)
7. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - $8.5 million ($28.3 million total)
8. Walking With Dinosaurs - $7.3 million ($7.3 million total)
9. Dhoom 3 - $3.3 million ($3.3 million total)
10. Thor: The Dark World - $1.3 million ($200.8 million total)


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