B.O. Roundup, December 27-29: 'The Hobbit' Once Again Holds Sway

Sunday, 29 December 2013 11:05 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, December 27-29: 'The Hobbit' Once Again Holds Sway

Old Man Hollywood opened the floodgates this Christmas, raining down a flood of cinematic product on an unsuspecting populace.

On this post-holiday weekend, however, each and every one of those new releases flailed about a bit while holdovers claimed the top spots at the domestic box office.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug led those holdovers at number one in its third week of release, repeating the three consecutive week reign of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last year.  The second chapter in Peter Jackson's jumbo-sized J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation held off competition on the holiday and the weekend, claiming another $29.8 million in estimated earnings over the last two days.  That brings its domestic total to $190.3 million.

In second, third, and fourth places we find Frozen, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and American Hustle.

To get to one of those five new wide release, we must venture all the way down to number five, where The Wolf of Wall Street sits.  Martin Scorsese's amped-up tale of financial debauchery was expected to give The Hobbit a run for its money on Christmas.  Instead, audiences are apparently a wee bit wary of the film's aggressive, thematically-appropriate excess (drugs, sex, white collar crime) and three-hour running time.  The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, earned an estimated $18.5 million since Friday.  Combined with its haul from the holiday opening, The Wolf of Wall Street is looking at 34.3 million so far.  Still, it would be wise to expect a little awards season bump in the weeks to come.

Another much-hyped Christmas Day release that failed to connect as its studio must have been hoping is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the second big screen adaptation of James Thurber's slight 1939 short story.  Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, the adventurous comedy-drama made it to seventh place with an estimated $13.0 million over the weekend for a total of $25.5 million so far.  Like The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty cost in the neighborhood of $100 million.

47 Ronin, a historical action fantasy starring Keanu Reeves, finally made it to theaters after several delays and talk of costly rejiggering behind the scenes.  In its inaugural frame, the directorial debut of Carl Rinsch collected $9.8 million for a total thus far of $20.5 million.  That's no great shakes for a film with a reported production budget in the vicinity of $175 million.

Two more wide releases, Grudge Match and Justin Bieber's Believe, debuted outside the top ten, at spots eleven and fourteen, respectively.  The former, a boxing comedy pitting Robert De Niro against Sylvester Stallone, has collected $13.4 million since the holiday, with $7.3 million of that rolling in over the weekend.  The latter, a concert documentary centered around the Canadian pop star, added $2.9 million for a total of $4.2 million so far.

Here are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of December 27th through 29th:

  1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug    $29.8 million     $190.3 million
  2. Frozen                                                             $28.8 million     $248.3 million
  3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues     $20.1 million     $83.6 million
  4. American Hustle                                  $19.5 million     $60.0 million
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street                        $18.5 million     $34.3 million
  6. Saving Mr. Banks                                 $14.0 million     $37.8 million
  7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty              $13.0 million     $25.5 million
  8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire         $10.2 million     $391.1 million
  9. 47 Ronin                                            $9.8 million     $20.5 million
  10. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas            $7.4 million     $43.7 million

Overall, it's looking like 2013 will be a bigger year at the multiplex than 2012.  As we hit year's end, 2013 ought to have seen $10.9 billion overall, squeaking past the $10.8 billion record of 2012.

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