B.O. Roundup, December 20-22: 'Anchorman 2' and 'The Hobbit' Get Into a Knife Fight

Sunday, 22 December 2013 11:01 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, December 20-22: 'Anchorman 2' and 'The Hobbit' Get Into a Knife Fight

On the last weekend before Christmas, two sequels went toe-to-toe for box office supremacy.

The combined might and guile of the GNN Newsteam could not, ultimately, defeat Thorin Oakenshield's stout-hearted dwarf party, as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues debuted behind holdover The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Peter Jackson's second Hobbit installment reigned supreme once again, collecting an estimated $31.45 million from 3,928 locations nationwide.  That brings the latest J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation's ten-day domestic total to $127.5 million.

So far, The Desolation of Smaug's global total stands at an estimated $403.8 million.

Here in the States, Bilbo's latest adventure was down 57.3% from its opening frame, but still managed to hold on to first place in the face of Anchorman 2's assault.  The long-awaited comedy sequel debuted with an estimate of $26.77 from 3,507 theaters.

That's shy of the $30 million to $35 million that Paramount Pictures was expecting Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues to haul in over this crowded weekend.  It also falls shy of the $28.4 million opening weekend of Anchorman back in the summer of 2004.  But don't go discounting Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's new opus.  With solid reviews and strong word of mouth, the sequel ought to be to maintain, even in the face of this week's onslaught of new releases.  And the production wasn't too pricey, costing a reported $50 million.  Since The Legend Continues opened in the middle of the week, it's domestic total is now $50.0 million.

Both American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks expanded to nationwide releases this weekend, landing at numbers four and five respectively.  David O. Russell's early awards season heavy hitter with a remarkable cast and an abundance of terrible 1970s taste went from just six theaters to 2,507, making a very strong $19.0 million, according to estimates.  Saving Mr. Banks, a hagiographic look at the making of Mary Poppins, meanwhile, expanded from fifteen to 2,110 and collected an estimated $9.3 million.

3D family movie Walking With Dinosaurs debuted in eight place with an estimated 7.3 million from 3,231 theaters, while Bollywood import Dhoom 3 unexpectedly cracked the top ten with a $3.3 million haul from just 236 locations.

Here are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of December 20th through 22nd:

  1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug        $31.4 million              $127.5 million
  2. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues         $26.7 million              $50.0 million
  3. Frozen                                                          $19.1 million              $191.5 million
  4. American Hustle                                          $19.0 million              $20.2 million
  5. Saving Mr. Banks                                         $9.3 million               $9.9 million
  6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire               $8.7 million              $371.7 million
  7. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas                 $8.5 million              $28.3 million
  8. Walking With Dinosaurs                               $7.3 million             New Release
  9. Dhoom 3                                                       $3.3 million             New Release
  10. Thor: The Dark World                                 $1.3 million             $200.7 million

The box office scrum gets a whole lot more crowded this holiday week, as The Wolf of Wall Street, Justin Beiber's Believe, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and 47 Ronin all attempt to unseat The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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