By Will Ashton
To no one’s surprise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy return to Middle Earth, swept its competition in its debut with a $73.6 million opening.
This opening becomes the fourth-highest December release ever. Despite its strong earnings, some are considering it a disappointment, though.
Also opening this weekend was A Madea’s Christmas, which came in third place with $16 million. Considering that all of Tyler Perry’s movies debut around the $20-25 million range, this opening is among Perry’s lower earnings, particularly for its title character.
Also, last week’s number one Frozen opened in second this weekend with $22 million, continuing the film’s success with a domestic total of $164.3 million.
Next week sees the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opening Wednesday and American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, Walking With Dinosaurs and Her opening in wide and limited releases. Will Anchorman 2 take The Hobbit‘s throne? We’ll have to see.
Check out the full box office below:
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $73.7 million $73.7 million
2. Frozen $22.1 million $164.3 million
3. A Madea’s Christmas $16 million $16 million
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $13.1 million $356.9 million
5. Thor: The Dark World $2.7 million $198.1 million
6. Out of the Furnace $2.3 million $9.4 million
7. Delivery Man $1.8 million $27.9 million
8. Philomena $1.7 million $11 million
9. The Book Thief $1.67 million $14.8 million
10. Homefront $1.63 million $18.4 million