Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Sets Fire to the Box Office, Claiming Top Spot This Weekend

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug certainly set the Box Office on fire this weekend earning an estimated $73.7 million in its opening weekend.

Unfortunately, this fell just about $11 million short of the bar set by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which debuted on the same weekend in 2012.

Now, $73.7 is certainly nothing to shirk at. This means that the film earned an average of $18,877 per theater that the film was shown in.

The Desolation of Smaug is the second chapter in the epic Hobbit tale created by author J.R.R. Tolkien which has been brought to the big screen by director Peter Jackson.

The film follows the tale of the Dwarves, led by the great Thorin Oakenshield, as they travel to Erebor to reclaim their Lonely Mountain home. Unfortunately for them, there is a rather large fire-breathing dragon that has other things to say about it.

Coming in at the second spot this week is Walt Disney’s latest animated feature Frozen.

Frozen is loosely based off of the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Snow Queen. It follows the story of a fearless optimist named Anna teams up with Kristoff and a funny little snowman named Olaf in order to find her sister Elsa, who has used her icy powers to trap their kingdom in an eternal winter.

Frozen brought in an estimated $22.2 million this weekend, bringing the film’s total to $164.4 million. When you add in the $101.6 million that it has made in the foreign market, it brings Frozen’s worldwide Box Office to approximately $266 million.

Also opening this weekend was Tyler Perry’s latest Madea story, A Madea Christmas. The film brought in an estimated $16 million over the weekend.

This is the first holiday themed film from the writer/director, and was adapted from his stage play of the same name.

The story surrounds our favorite pistol-packing Grandma Mabel “Madea” Simmons, played by Perry himself as she gets coerced into helping her friend pay a surprise visit to her daughter in the country for Christmas. As usual, old relationships are going to be tested. At the same time, Madea will dish out her own brand of Christmas Spirit to everyone, making the holiday merry and bright. Well…kind of.

This week, the fourth spot is occupied by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This is the second installment of the epic book trilogy by bestselling author Suzanne Collins.

This weekend, Catching Fire brought in an estimated $13.2 million. Add that to the film’s ever-growing Box Office totals, and the film has grossed approximately $357 million in its 4 weeks of release.

When you add this to the approximately $373 million the film has made in the foreign Box Office, this brings the film’s worldwide gross to approximately $730 million.

Holding onto the fifth spot this weekend is Marvel’s latest adventure Thor: The Dark World.

The Dark World was able to pull in approximately $2.7 million this weekend. This is a 43.9% drop off from the previous weekend in which the film drew $4.8 million.

In the film’s 6 weeks of release, it has drawn in an estimated $198.1 million. This would seem slightly low for a film with a budget of about $170 million; however, when you add in the film’s substantial foreign Box Office numbers, which are to the tune of an estimated $421.8 million, which brings Thor to about $620 million so far.

Now, that is a number more befitting of a super hero.

Also debuting this weekend in very limited release is David O. Russell’s latest film American Hustle, which debuted with about $690,000. This isn’t bad considering the fact that the film only opened in a total of 6 theaters this weekend. This means that the film earned approximately $115,000 per theater, which is the highest per theater total of the weekend.

The other film to debut in limited release this weekend is the latest Walt Disney live action tale Saving Mr. Banks.

In the film, veteran actor Tom Hanks plays the iconic Walt Disney, and tells the story of how he, along with author P.L. Travers, brought the classic tale Mary Poppins to the big screen.

Saving Mr. Banks drew in an estimated $421,000. This means that in the 15 theaters in which it was released, it earned an average of $28,067 from each.

Here is a look at the rest of the Box Office this weekend courtesy of Box Office Mojo and IMDb.com.

  Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $73.7 million $73.7 million 1
2 Frozen $22.2 million $164.4 million 4
3 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas $16 million $16 million 1
4 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $13.2 million $357 million 4
5 Thor: The Dark World $2.7 million $198 million 6
6 Out of the Furnace $2.3 million $9.5 million 2
7 Delivery Man $1.8 million $27.9 million 4
8 Philomena $1.75 million $11 million 4
9 The Book Thief $1.68 million $14.9 million 6
10 Homefront $1.64 million $18.4 million 3

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