Weekend Box Office: “Hobbit” Edges Out “Frozen” Over Christmas Weekend

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) (Weekend Box Office)

by Matt Marshall 

Even with five new releases debuting over the Christmas holiday, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hung onto the top spot for the third straight weekend. Smaug emerged victorious over the Friday-to-Sunday frame with $29.9 million and $190.3 million cume. 

Returning to second place, Frozen scored $28.8 million in its fifth weekend of wide release. The Disney film jumped 46.9% from last weekend, bringing its 38 day total to $248.3 million. The film crossed $200 million on Christmas Eve and is set pass $250 million as early as Monday.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues swapped spots with Frozen, claiming third place. The Ron Burgundy film is expected pass the 2004 original in a day or two. American Hustle maintained its fourth place position with another $19.6 million. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street debuted in fifth place with $18.5 million.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (1)
$29.9 million / $190.3 million total

Going into the holiday weekend, there was no guarantee Desolation of Smaug would see its third first place finish. Frozen kept up with Smaug all week, even overtaking the film on Friday. Despite still trailing the other Middle-earth movies, at least this latest installment can now claim a three-peat at the weekend box office. All four previous films managed to do so under similar frames.

#2 – Frozen (3)
$28.8 million / $248.4 million total

Just a few weeks ago, to see Frozen top Tangled’s $200 million run would’ve been an outstanding accomplishment. Even $250 million would’ve been impressive. Frozen has its sights on $300 million. Thanks to a burst of interest over the holiday weekend, Frozen posted the highest fifth weekend for animated film. In fact, Frozen only trails Avatar (42.8 million) and Titanic (30.0 million) for the largest fifth weekend ever.

#3 – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2)
$20.2 million / $83.7 million total

Ron Burgundy is certainly reaping the big bucks at the box office. Yes, Anchorman 2 opened lower than its 2004 predecessor, but now it’s set to break the original’s total before 2013 is over. Expect another $100 million run for Will Ferrell by the end of next weekend. It would be his first since 2010.

#4 – American Hustle (4)
$19.6 million / $60.0 million total

Like Frozen, American Hustle increased over last weekend. The David O. Russell caper continues to outperform 2010’s The Fighter and last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. But while both films benefited from leggy indie runs, Hustle’s run resembles a more mainstream release.

#5 – The Wolf of Wall Street (NR)
$18.5 million / $34.3 million total

A “C” grade on CinemaScore. A hefty 3-hour run time. One might think that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is doomed at the box office. On the contrary, Wolf is Scorsese’s third-best opener to date behind Shutter Island and The Departed. Plus Leonardo DiCaprio and Scorsese are teaming up for a fifth time. And three of those films passed $100 million.

Opening Next Week: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 

Source: Box Office Mojo


Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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