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411 Box Office Report: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Strikes Gold Again For #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.29.2013





The latest leg of Bilbo Baggins' fantasy adventure has joined a space thriller and fast cars as 2013's three-peaters. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held onto #1 at the box office this weekend for a third time in a row with $29.9 million. The film became the third to hold onto the top spot for three weeks, following Gravity and Fast & Furious 6. The film has now grossed $190.3 million domestically and $614.4 million worldwide from a budget of $225 million and a fairly weak slate of January releases means that it could climb higher by the time its theatrical run is done.

Rising a spot to #2 was Disney's Frozen in its sixth week with an impressive $28.8 million. The CG-animated film has a total of $248.4 domestically and $491.9 million worldwide. It has the highest gross of an animated Disney (non-Pixar) release in quite some time, topping the likes of Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled domestically. Its budget was $150 million.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues was down a spot to #3 in its second weekend with $20.1 million. The comedy had a drop of 21%, which like all films this weekend was helped quite a bit by the holiday week. The movie is well on its way to being a strong profit for the studio with $83.7 million domestically and $109.1 million worldwide from a budget of $50 million.

American Hustle held onto #4 in its second weekend of wide release with $19.6 million. The David O. Russell ensemble film was up 2% from last weekend in what promises to be a very solid showing for the well-reviewed and Oscar-buzzed film. The movie has a total of $60 million domestically and $62 million worldwide from a $40 million budget.

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street opened at #5 with $18.5 million, right about at what the studio was predicting for it. The film averaged $7,296 from the 2,537 theaters that it opened in and has received very good reviews, but a disappointing C CinemaScore which could combat the financial momentum that Oscar buzz usually provides. The film opened on Wednesday and has a total of $34.3 million; its budget was $100 million.

Disney's Saving Mr. Banks was down a spot to #5 in its second wide-release weekend with $14 million. The fact-based film bumped up significantly for the holiday weekend with a 50% rise, which will certainly help make up for the slightly disappointing opening last week. The film has grossed $37.8 million domestically and $43.3 million worldwide from a budget of $35 million.

Opening at #7 was Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with $13 million. That number is considered solid if not great for the film, which has received middling critical attention but a reassuring B+ CinemaScore from viewers. The promise of a good holdover should take some sting out of the $4,469 average Fox brought in for this one, from 2,909 theaters. Like Wolf, Mitty opened on Wednesday and has grossed $25.6 million since then from a $90 million budget.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dropped fell two spots to #8 in its sixth weekend with $10.2 million. The franchise sequel has now grossed $391.1 million domestically and $784.7 million worldwide on a budget of $130 million. It now ranks as the #2 movie of the year domestically and is only $18 million behind Iron Man 3. Worldwide it ranks at #4, $4 million behind Fast & Furious 6.

That dull resounding thud you heard at the theaters was 47 Ronin, which flopped hard in its opening weekend. The Keanu Reeves fantasy-action film opened with $9.9 million over the weekend and $20.6 million since bowing on Wednesday, which is deeply below what Universal needed to even hope to recoup its investments. The studio actually took the unusual step of writing part of this one off in advance, so that the losses don't hit it hard over the next quarter (translation: they knew it was going to tank). The film has grossed another $22.3 million overseas for a total of $42.9 million. The budget on this one was an astronomical $200 million. Even the B+ CinemaScore can't save this one from being a huge black mark for everyone involved.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas was down three spots in its third weekend to #10. The latest in the Madea franchise brought in $7.4 million. It has grossed $43.7 million from a budget of $25 million.

The weekend box office tally was $199.9 million, up 10% from last year's take of $181.5 million that was led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's third weekend at $31.9 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 - $29.9 million ($190.3 million total)
2. Frozen - $28.8 million ($248.4 million total)
3. Anchorman: The Legend Continues - $20.2 million ($83.7 million total)
4. American Hustle - $19.6 million ($60 million total)
5. The Wolf of Wall Street - $18.5 million ($34.3 million total)
6. Saving Mr. Banks - $14 million ($37.8 million total)
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - $13 million ($25.6 million total)
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $10.2 million ($391.4 million total)
9. 47 Ronin - $9.9 million ($20.6 million total)
10. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - $7.4 million ($43.7 million total)





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