Box office roundup – Dec. 15, 2013 – The Hobbit's "Smaug" smokes out the competition

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1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – $73.7 million – [debut week] The middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s ” Hobbit” racked up $8.8 million on Friday, the second best in December opening so far. It trails only “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which earned $13 million when it debuted last year. While it’s trending below “Journey,” which opened with $84.6 million, “Smaug” does have an A- CinemaScore so it may benefit from positive word-of-mouth and top the charts for the rest of the year. What’s interesting is that Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy saw continued growth throughout each installment. “The Two Towers,” the second film of the LOTR series, earned $339.7 million up from “Fellowship of the Ring‘s” $313.3 million total. “Return of the King” finished the series with $377 million. 

2. Frozen – $22.2 million [4th week; $164 million total] Disney’s animated charmer is looking like the go-to choice for families this holiday season and will remain a strong force this holiday season.

3. Tyler Perry’s A Madea’s Christmas – $16 million [debut week] – Remember this figure when we’re stuck with another three Madea movies next year people.

Murray Close/Lionsgate Publicity Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).
Murray Close/Lionsgate Publicity
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $13.2 million [4th week; $357 million total] – “The Hobbit” certainly affected last week’s runner-up as they vie for similar audiences. At this point, it’s chasing after “Iron Man 3,” which is the year’s highest grosser with $409 million domestically. Worldwide, it won’t reach IM3’s $1.2 billion haul as it’s at $740 million.

5. Thor: The Dark World – $2.7 million – [6th week; $198 million] It’s pretty impressive that in its sixth week, Thor has continued to be a fixture in the Top 5. Worldwide, this has earned $620 million – a very significant improvement over “Thor’s” $449 million – and it’s yet to open in Japan.

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