Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ is Number One for the Third Time In-a-Row For the Final Weekend of 2013

By Will Ashton

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For the final weekend of 2013, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug pulled a narrow win over Frozen, pulling in $29.8 million, making it its third weekend in-a-row in the number one spot. This brings the Middle Earth film’s domestic total to $190.3 million.

Meanwhile, Frozen, in the number two spot, pulled in $28.8 million, making its domestic total a whopping $248.3 million. Audiences are clearly loving this movie, and they are certainly showing it with their hard-earned dollars.

As for the newbies that came out over Christmas, things weren’t as grand. The best of the bunch was Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which came in fifth place with $18.5 million. With its Wednesday opening, its domestic total is $34.3 million thus far. Also opening was Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which came in seventh place with $13 million and earning $25.5 million thus far. Considering that the budget was $90 million, it seems that it’ll have to get a move-on if it wants to make that back.

Also opening was 47 Ronin, the Keanu Reeves film which only came in ninth place with $9.8 million, with $20.5 million altogether.  With a ballooned budget of somewhere between $175-250 million, it looked like this film was always going to be a major flop for the studio, and they just had to let it out in the wild at some point. Based on what I have heard about the final film, I can’t feel too sorry for the film though.

Fairing even worse was Grudge Match, the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone film that was supposed to pull people in based on the premise of Rocky vs. Raging Bull, but only came in 11th place with $7.3 million.

In limited release, Lone Survivor opened in only two theaters and still earned an impressive $92,468.

Next week, as the first official weekend of 2014, sees Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones as the solo wide release, while The Best Offer, Beyond Outrage and Interior. Leather Bar. come out in limited. I fully expect the Paranormal Activity spin-off to take the number one spot, but we’ll see next week. Thanks for everyone who read these over the year and hopefully there’s more to come within the next year. Have a fun New Year’s everyone!

Check out the full box office below:           Weekend                 Domestic Total

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug    $29.8 million           $190.3 million

2. Frozen                                                            $28.8 million          $248.3 million

3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues     $20.1 million          $83.6 million

4. American Hustle                                          $19.5 million          $60 million

5.The Wolf of Wall Street                             $18.5 million          $34.3 million

6. Saving Mr. Banks                                     $14 million             $37.8 million

7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty                $13 million             $25.5 million

8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire        $10.2 million          $391.1 million

9. 47 Ronin                                                      $9.9 million            $20.5 million

10. A Madea Christmas                               $7.4 million            $43.7 million

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