Reel Deal: The Hobbit Owns the Box Office
The weekend box office belonged to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, making it the fourth highest December debut of all time.
Just last year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set new records for December releases. Now the second chapter of the trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, continued the record-release journey with $73.7 million in opening weekend sales alone. The kicker-- some see this as a disappointment for what was considered one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2013.
The original Hobbit movie, An Unexpected Journey, broke all December-opening records, including even the first-day, weekend, and midnight debuts. It spent three consecutive weekends at the number-one slot with $303 million in sales in the US. It had even gone so far as to surpass $1 billion worldwide.
A far second on the list was Frozen, which brought in $22,184,000 over the weekend, bringing it's box office total to $164.3 million. In the third slot is Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas at $16 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at 13,150,000, brings its box office total to the highest on the list at $356.9 million.
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas also opened on Friday, earning $16 million in the first three days-- just over half as much as the first Madea movie by Perry called Madea's Family Reunion, which opened in 2006. This box-office disappointment was one of many for Perry in the past year-- five, to be exact.
Anchorman 2 is set to release on Wednesday, which comes with great anticipation. This long-awaited sequel is expected to make leaps and bounds over the sales of the original, which brought in $28.4 million for its opening.