Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Holds Number One, But ‘Anchorman 2’ Comes In Strong…Kinda

By Will Ashton Bilbo-Baggins-discovers-Smaug Returning in the number one spot for a second weekend in a row, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug pulled in $31.4 million over the weekend. But, not trailing too far off, the newcomer Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues rounded it out in second with $26.7 million. Down 57% from its debut last week, the Hobbit sequel may not be the best numbers the series has ever seen, but it has pulled in $127.5 million in its domestic box office thus far. Meanwhile, since the film opened Wednesday (or, technically, Tuesday night), the Will Ferrell sequel has pulled in a domestic total of $40 million to date. Not bad, but considering the extensive marketing the film has had over the past couple months, I think Paramount was hoping for a little more. Especially considering that the original brought in $28.4 million in its opening weekend debut in 2004, which roughly adjusts to $36.8 million with inflation. Meanwhile, expanding to a wide release, David O. Russell’s American Hustle came in fourth place with $19.1 million. This makes it the highest grossing wide release weekend for a Russell movie ever. Also expanding this weekend was Saving Mr. Banks, which came in fifth place with $9.3 million. This makes the total domestic gross for each $20.2 million and $9.9 million, respectively. Also opening this weekend was Walking With Dinosaurs, which only came in eight place with $7.3 million. Considering how little advertising the film has had, I can’t say I’m that surprised. Also, opening in limited release was Spike Jonze’s Her, which opened in six theaters with $258,000. Also, making its way into the top 10 this weekend was the Bollywood film Dhoom 3, which came in ninth place with $3.3 million, making it the highest Bollywood opening in the U.S. ever. Even more impressive is the fact that the movie only opened in 236 theaters. Well, this week is Christmas. So, of course, there are tons of movies coming out this week. Those included The Wolf of Wall Street, 47 Ronin, Grudge Match, Justin Bieber’s Believe and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in wide release and August: Osage County and Labor Day in limited release on Christmas and Lone Survivor and The Invisible Woman coming out in limited release Friday. That’s quite a line-up, so we’ll have to see next week what ends up on top. Check out the full box office below:

                                                           Weekend:                                Domestic Total:

1. The Hobbit                                     $31.4 million                           $127.5 million

2. Anchorman 2                                 $26.7 million                           $40 million

3. Frozen                                             $19.16 million                         $191.5 million

4. American Hustle                            $19.1 million                           $20.2 million

5. Saving Mr. Banks                           $9.3 million                             $9.9 million

6. Hunger Games                               $8.7 million                            $371.7 million

7. A Madea Christmas                       $8.5 million                             $28.3 million

8. Walking With Dinosaurs              $7.3 million                             $7.3 million

9. Dhoom 3                                           $3.3 million                             $3.3 million

10. Thor: The Dark World                $1.3 million                             $200.7 million

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