Box office roundup – Dec. 29, 2013 – "The Hobbit" ices "Frozen" to win final 2013 weekend

Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros.  MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure "THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG," a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Ma WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.
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MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.”

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – $29.8 million [3rd week; $190 million] – The second chapter of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy barely managed to earn its third straight weekend atop the box office. Since Christmas, it’s earned $50 million and broke the $500 million mark worldwide.

Disney Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven in "Frozen."
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Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven in “Frozen.”

2. Frozen – $28.8 million [6th week; $248 million in total] It’s rare for a film to become the #1 movie in its sixth week, but Disney’s latest animated hit was almost up to the challenge. “Frozen” has become the biggest hit of the holiday season and audiences can’t get enough of it. Need further proof? “Frozen” saw an increase from its previous weekend. Seriously, how can you resist Olaf?

3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – $20.1 million [2nd week; $83.6 million] Will Ferrell’s followup to his adventures of Ron Burgundy dropped one spot this week, which is pretty impressive considering how many new releases opened Christmas Day.

4. American Hustle – $19.5 million [3rd week; $60 million] David O. Russell’s comedy drama is starting to emerge as the critical and audience darling during the winter season as far as Oscar award contenders go.

This will bode well for its chances of proving a challenge to early favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”

Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures Katarina Cas is Chantalle, Jonah Hill is Donnie Azoff, Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort, Margot Robbie is Naomi Lapaglia, and Jon Bernthal is Brad
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Katarina Cas is Chantalle, Jonah Hill is Donnie Azoff, Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort, Margot Robbie is Naomi Lapaglia, and Jon Bernthal is Brad

5. The Wolf of Wall Street – $18.5 million [debut week; $34 million in total] – Since opening on Christmas, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese’s latest collaboration got off to a fast start, but started to lose some steam as the weekend wore on. It’s possible that the subject matter — the drug addled craziness of a Wall Street stockbroker — wasn’t exactly what audiences were looking for over the holiday weekend.