Box Office: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Walks Over Competition

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:

                                                                          Weekend:                        Total:

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


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