Weekend Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ Still Stands Tall

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ may have dropped 57% in attendance in its second weekend, but that didn’t keep it from out-grossing all of the new releases. With another $31.4 million, the film’s domestic ten-day total stands at $127.5 million. Although the domestic numbers aren’t quite on pace with last year’s ‘An Unexpected Journey‘, ‘Smaug’ is still performing strongly overseas, where it has earned $276.3 million, pushing its worldwide total past the $400 million mark.

Second place went to ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues‘, which brought in $26.7 million over the weekend, not including the $13.3 million that it earned on Wednesday and Thursday. The sequel has earned $40 million so far. The original ‘Anchorman‘ closed with $85.2 million from domestic showings, so ‘The Legend Continues’ is almost halfway to matching that after just five days.

Disney’s ‘Frozen‘ finished in third place, but the numbers are so close that it could easily flip-flop to fourth when the actuals are announced today. Currently, ‘Frozen’ is listed as earning $19.163 million. After five weeks, it’s less than $9 million away crossing the $200 million mark, which it’s sure to do over this holiday week.

Meanwhile, with $19.1 million, the nationwide expansion of ‘American Hustle‘ marks the most successful opening for director David O. Russell.

Unfortunately, the expansion of Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks‘ closed out the weekend $10 million behind ‘Hustle’. From 2,100 screens, the film grossed $9.3 million, giving it a per-screen average of just $4,418. Yet that’s not even the worst debut of the weekend.

Fox’s 3D ‘Walking with Dinosaurs‘ only pulled in $7.3 million on 3,200 screens. That’s an average of $2,259 per screen. It won’t be long before this talking dino flick goes extinct.

Out of nowhere, the Indian crime sequel ‘Dhoom: 3‘ sneaked in and nabbed the #9 spot. I have no idea what this movie is, but it pulled in $3.3 million from just 236 screens, giving it the highest per-screen average of the Top 10 with $14,004.

Outside the Top 10, the best per-screen average of the week belonged to Spike Jonze’s ‘Her‘, which opened on six screens. The artificial intelligence relationship drama earned $258,000, equaling $43,000 from each location. Warner Bros. will expand the release in the new year.

Finally, Sony Pictures Classics’ ‘The Past‘ also opened well on three screens. Following the critical success of ‘A Separation‘, director Asghar Farhadi’s new film earned $30,900 and will expand its platform release over the next several weeks.

It’s worth noting that, in 10th place, seven-week-old ‘Thor: The Dark World‘ crossed the domestic $200 million mark.

Top 10:

1. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ (Warner Bros.) – $31,455,000

2. ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ (Paramount) – $26,776,000

3. ‘Frozen’ (Buena Vista) – $19,163,000

4. ‘American Hustle’ (Sony) – $19,100,000

5. ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ (Buena Vista) – $9,321,000

6. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ (Lionsgate) – $8,750,000

7. ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’ (Lionsgate) – $8,510,000

8. ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ (Fox) – $7,300,000

9. ‘Dhoom: 3’ (Yash) – $3,305,000

10. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (Buena Vista) – $1,328,000

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