1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – $31.4 million [2nd week; $127 million]
While it seemed like a foregone conclusion that The Hobbit was gonna take another week was a lot closer than expected. In the end, Smaug smoked out close competition from Will Ferrell’s latest. The middle chapter of “The Hobbit” trilogy isn’t doing as well as its predecessor, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which was at the $150 million mark by its second weekend.
2. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – $26.7 million – [debut week; $50 million since Wednesday opening] – Ron Burgundy’s return nine years after the heavily quoted original debuted. The opening numbers are a bit weaker than I figured since the first film opened to $28 million and you’d figure with the popularity of Ferrell and “Anchorman,” the sequel would have done better.
3. Frozen – $22 million [5th week; $177.5 million in total] – Clearly the biggest family movie since “Despicable Me 2” hasn’t cooled off in its appeal even in its fifth week and it will likely have a big Christmas Day performance.
4. American Hustle – $19 million [debut week nationally] – David O. Russell’s 70s crime comedy made out like a bandit in its debut week giving Russell his best opening weekend ever.
It opened in six theaters in New York and L.A. and racked up the year’s best limited opening.
5. Saving Mr. Banks – $9.3 million [nationwide debut] After a small opening weekend, the Emma Thompson/Tom Hanks family film climbed up to the fifth spot.
Its family appeal should make it a popular choice come Christmas and its “A” CinemaScore will help it become a fixture in the Top 5.