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Weekend Box Office Report: December 20-22, 2013

Dec. 22, 2013by: Dave Davis

The Hobbit steals Anchorman's headline!

Despite his diminutive stature, Bilbo Baggins was a bigger deal than even the legendary Ron Burgundy this weekend as THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG held onto the top at the box office with $31.4 million!

The second part of Peter Jackson's new Tolkien trilogy dropped about 57% from its opening last week -- just slightly more than THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY's 55% second-weekend drop -- and its domestic 10-day total is at $127.5 million.

Despite some creative yet relentless promotion, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES settled for second place with a three-day weekend of $26.7 million (Sweet Lincoln's mullet! Kicked out of the spotlight by a halfling!), and a $40 million total since its Wednesday opening.

While the return of Will Ferrell's news buffoon seemed to be highly anticipated, the sequel landed well short of the original ANCHORMAN's surprising $43.1 million opening nearly a decade ago (ANCHORMAN 2 cost nearly twice as much as the first). Paying crowds seemed only moderately amused by the comedy crew's latest round of macho antics in gaudy clothes, judging by an average 'B' CinemaScore (for comparison, Vince Vaughn's DELIVERY MAN scored a 'B+').

Disney's CG-animated audience fave FROZEN came in third place with an additional $19.1 million, but it will be fighting for that slot with AMERICAN HUSTLE, which expanded nationwide in full force! The all-star con game also took in $19.1 million, making it the biggest wide weekend for filmmaker David O. Russell (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK was a slow roll to its inevitable $132 million domestic total).

Critics raved about Russell's reunion with actors Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper -- the movie is holding at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers were reasonably entertained by the 70s swindle, granting AMERICAN HUSTLE a 'B+' CinemaScore.

The Tom Hanks-starring SAVING MR. BANKS also expanded from limited release, coming in fifth with $9.3 million. The story of Walt Disney's struggle to make MARY POPPINS struck a nerve with audiences, who gave the drama an 'A' CinemaScore (it's also at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes).

In the lower half of the chart, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE tussled with Tyler Perry's holiday drag TYLER PERRY'S A MADEA CHRISTMAS in its second weekend. A new computer-animated trek through prehistoric times didn't appeal to the family crowds, as WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D was virtually extinct in eighth place with a $7.3 million opening (and a cost over $80 million).

The Hindi action flick DHOOM 3 blasted into ninth place with $3.5 million in just 236 theaters (the highest per-screen average in the Top 10), and THOR: THE DARK WORLD finally passed the $200 million mark domestically.

Outside the chart, the acclaimed Judi Dench performance PHILOMENA slipped away, along with THE BOOK THIEF, OUT OF THE FURNACE, HOMEFRONT and DELIVERY MAN. The Coens' INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS made just over $1 million on 148 screens, and Spike Jonze's curious OS romance HER opened in limited release to a solid $43k per-screen.

Next week stuffs the multiplex for the Wednesday holiday, with the expensive new Keanu Reeves period action fable 47 RONIN, the Sly Stallone/Robert DeNiro boxing showdown GRUDGE MATCH, Ben Stiller's comedy remake THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, Martin Scoresese and Leonardo DiCaprio's 90s excess THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and the Justin Bieber documentary BELIEVE, plus the expanding of MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and limited releases of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, LONE SURVIVOR and THE INVISIBLE WOMAN.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $31.4 M $127.5 M
2. Anchorman: The Legend Continues $26.7 M $40 M
3. Frozen $19.1 M $191.5 M
4. American Hustle $19.1 M $20.2 M
5. Saving Mr. Banks $9.3 M $9.9 M
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $8.7 M $371.7 M
7. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas $8.5 M $28.3 M
8. Walking with Dinosaurs $7.3 M
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9. Dhoom 3 $3.3 M
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10. Thor: The Dark World $1.3 M $200.7 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:28PM on 12/23/2013

Good for Hobbit & Anchorman

But WTF is Dhoom? Another foreign rip off?
But WTF is Dhoom? Another foreign rip off?
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2:33PM on 12/23/2013
Its an action series about 2 cops chasing down over the top villains (think roger moore style james bond - very campy, but intentionally). They are pretty cool if you can get over the singing and dancing (which in Dhoom 2 was excellent - I watch Bollywood movies so I am used to it). Dhoom 3 looks wicked.
Its an action series about 2 cops chasing down over the top villains (think roger moore style james bond - very campy, but intentionally). They are pretty cool if you can get over the singing and dancing (which in Dhoom 2 was excellent - I watch Bollywood movies so I am used to it). Dhoom 3 looks wicked.
1:47PM on 12/23/2013

I have to admit. in HFR3D...

Smaug scared the shit outta me.
Smaug scared the shit outta me.
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11:47AM on 12/23/2013
So glad The Hobbit is making serious bank. I've seen it three times so far. For all the naysayers who complain about it being too long or how it was only supposed to be one book = one movie, no one's forcing you to watch these films. Stick to your books if you wish, and stop whining. But if for some reason you're inclined to open up your mind and you senses to something extraordinary, you're always welcome to embrace Peter Jackson's awe-inspiring visual masterpiece known as The Hobbit trilogy.
So glad The Hobbit is making serious bank. I've seen it three times so far. For all the naysayers who complain about it being too long or how it was only supposed to be one book = one movie, no one's forcing you to watch these films. Stick to your books if you wish, and stop whining. But if for some reason you're inclined to open up your mind and you senses to something extraordinary, you're always welcome to embrace Peter Jackson's awe-inspiring visual masterpiece known as The Hobbit trilogy. And if all else fails, just take a look at Smaug, and tell me in my face that he isn't the coolest f*cking thing you've seen on the big screen this year.
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12:12PM on 12/23/2013
I agree. All studios want money so duh, but they could've made three films at 90 min each and still made the same money. Peter Jackson is making more than a Hobbit film, he is making a prequel trilogy for LOTR. Not sure why some people are not getting that??? Also, these movies rock anyway, whether they are long or not.
I agree. All studios want money so duh, but they could've made three films at 90 min each and still made the same money. Peter Jackson is making more than a Hobbit film, he is making a prequel trilogy for LOTR. Not sure why some people are not getting that??? Also, these movies rock anyway, whether they are long or not.
2:03PM on 12/23/2013
Words right outta my mouth, j-man. :)
Words right outta my mouth, j-man. :)
7:26AM on 12/23/2013
upto I looked at the bank draft which was of $7508, I be certain ...that...my friend actualie erning money in there spare time at their computer.. there aunt had bean doing this for only about twenty months and recently cleared the mortgage on their mini mansion and got a great Mazda. official website http://www.jobs64.com
upto I looked at the bank draft which was of $7508, I be certain ...that...my friend actualie erning money in there spare time at their computer.. there aunt had bean doing this for only about twenty months and recently cleared the mortgage on their mini mansion and got a great Mazda. official website http://www.jobs64.com
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10:41PM on 12/22/2013

Saving Mr. Banks!

Saving Mr. Banks is a surprisingly good movie: I went in expecting whimsical (albeit enjoyable) fluff, but it had a little weight to it. Found the right balance between playful-lighthearted and the more serious (and shifting tone like that is not easy to do at all). Top to bottom just a well crafted, well acted film, and I'd urge everyone to give it a chance and check it out. A film I could definitely see myself watching every year around the holidays.
Saving Mr. Banks is a surprisingly good movie: I went in expecting whimsical (albeit enjoyable) fluff, but it had a little weight to it. Found the right balance between playful-lighthearted and the more serious (and shifting tone like that is not easy to do at all). Top to bottom just a well crafted, well acted film, and I'd urge everyone to give it a chance and check it out. A film I could definitely see myself watching every year around the holidays.
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10:23PM on 12/22/2013
American Hustle was brilliant. By far my favorite film of the year. The movie was flawless and the performances were outstanding. Everyone from Bale to Renner were absolutely perfect.
American Hustle was brilliant. By far my favorite film of the year. The movie was flawless and the performances were outstanding. Everyone from Bale to Renner were absolutely perfect.
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9:52PM on 12/22/2013
It's really sad knowing that silly hunger games film (which is just a poor mans battle royale) is going to do better than the Hobbit.
It's really sad knowing that silly hunger games film (which is just a poor mans battle royale) is going to do better than the Hobbit.
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11:16PM on 12/22/2013
You saw that too....
You saw that too....
12:10AM on 12/23/2013
The studio deserves it. When you take a book and stretch it into 3 movies....
The studio deserves it. When you take a book and stretch it into 3 movies....
4:24AM on 12/23/2013
If you'd shown me your post ten years ago I'd have probably agreed on principle alone, but I saw Catching Fire this weekend and it was VASTLY superior to the theme park ride that Jackson turned The Hobbit into.
If you'd shown me your post ten years ago I'd have probably agreed on principle alone, but I saw Catching Fire this weekend and it was VASTLY superior to the theme park ride that Jackson turned The Hobbit into.
6:53AM on 12/23/2013
The only negative point people keep saying is Hobbit is one book and three movies. Well if the studio simply wanted money, they could easily make Hobbit into three 90 minute movies and get the same earnings they are getting and if you actually shot everything from that book, three 90 mins movies would be needed!

Peter Jackson is making a LOTR prequel trilogy and calling it Hobbit. I don€™t see how adding stuff is bad? I used to watch Dragon Ball Z and I loved it! I loved the
The only negative point people keep saying is Hobbit is one book and three movies. Well if the studio simply wanted money, they could easily make Hobbit into three 90 minute movies and get the same earnings they are getting and if you actually shot everything from that book, three 90 mins movies would be needed!

Peter Jackson is making a LOTR prequel trilogy and calling it Hobbit. I don€™t see how adding stuff is bad? I used to watch Dragon Ball Z and I loved it! I loved the cartoon so much that I bought all the Manga and then realized that 70% of the cartoon was filler! I didn€™t go back and say €œthe cartoon sucks cause they stretched it. The Hobbit films were great and they are equal in length and pacing as the LOTR movies, actually both Hobbit films were much better paced than Two Towers.

Sounds like people just found something negative and went with it. It€™s too long etc. Who cares if its long, as long as its good.

Oh and Hunger Games just takes the same concept and does it for two movies I guess that is not as bad as stretching?
8:07PM on 12/22/2013

After a second view of this Hobbit film..

I must say I think Smaug is my favorite character of these first two movies. Such an amazing CGI job on him. This one is so much better than the first one (I know - I'm not saying anything new).
I must say I think Smaug is my favorite character of these first two movies. Such an amazing CGI job on him. This one is so much better than the first one (I know - I'm not saying anything new).
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6:30PM on 12/22/2013
So I guess in the world of Hobbit land, this latest one bombed?
So I guess in the world of Hobbit land, this latest one bombed?
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4:36PM on 12/22/2013
The Hobbit: The Legend Continues
Thor: Catching Fire
Anchorman: The Desolation of Smauge
The Hunger Games: The Dark World
The Hobbit: The Legend Continues
Thor: Catching Fire
Anchorman: The Desolation of Smauge
The Hunger Games: The Dark World
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11:19PM on 12/22/2013
I would go see Anchorman: The Desolation of Smauge.
I would go see Anchorman: The Desolation of Smauge.
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