Box office roundup – Dec. 22, 2013 – "Smaug" burns Burgundy in tight race

Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, JOHN CALLEN as Oin, RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin, and KEN STOTT as Balin in the fantasy adventure "THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG."
Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, JOHN CALLEN as Oin, RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin, and KEN STOTT as Balin in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.”

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.

Gemma LaMana /Paramount Pictures David Koechner is Champ Kind, Paul Rudd is Brian Fantana, Will Ferrell is Ron Burgundy and Steve Carell is Brick Tamland in "ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES."
Gemma LaMana /Paramount Pictures
David Koechner is Champ Kind, Paul Rudd is Brian Fantana, Will Ferrell is Ron Burgundy and Steve Carell is Brick Tamland in “ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES.”

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.

Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Productions  Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) & Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper) walk down Lexington Avenue n "American Hustle."
Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Productions
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) & Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper) walk down Lexington Avenue n “American Hustle.”

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.

  • keith

    I was dissapointed with anchorman 2. The campaign was way better than this. I also rented the Millers. Damn funny. That and the campaign were the only two “mainstream” movies to get her to laugh her a s s off

  • I liked The Campaign a lot. I slept on it, but after watching it after it left theaters, I was glad I checked it out. “Millers” was easily my favorite comedy this year.

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