Weekend box office: The Hobbit beats out The Hunger Games and Frozen

Weekend box office The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug

When your movie brings in over $70 million on its opening weekend, you have no right to be disappointed.  But I can’t help but think some executives at Warner Bros. are a little troubled by the fact THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (click the link to read our review) took in about $10 million less at the weekend box office than its predecessor, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY.  It’s to be expected since the first film disappointed a lot of fans, but by all accounts, the sequel picked things up a bit and proved to be an enjoyable film.  My guess is that the film will clean up on Blu-ray sales, which should make the next installment more successful at the box office.  The other new movie of the weekend was TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS, which hauled in about $15 million.

Next week sees the long, long awaited release of ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES.  The original has ascended to cherished comedy status, but it will be interesting to see if the sequel can drive all of the original’s fans to the theaters.  My guess is that it can and that ANCHORMAN 2 will beat out The Hobbit at the box office next weekend.  But let’s not dismiss AMERICAN HUSTLE, SAVING MR. BANKS or HER.  Although I don’t think any of those will break box office numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised if all of them have strong showings at the box office, especially SAVING MR. BANKS.  People love a charming, loveable Tom Hanks and he’s at his charming, loveable best as Walt Disney.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $73.6m

2. Frozen $22.2m

3. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas $16m

4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $13.1m

5. Thor: The Dark World $2.7m

6. Out of the Furnace $2.3m

7. Delivery Man $1.8m

8. Philomena $1.7m

9. The Book Thief $1.67m

10. Home Front $1.63m

(Deadline)

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