Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

‘The Hobbit’ Holds Strong Over ‘Anchorman 2’ Taking Top Spot at Weekend Box Office


Despite their strong start this weekend, it ultimately would not be enough to dethrone Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the Box Office this weekend.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug pulled in an estimated $31.5 million this weekend in its second week of release. The film, which continues the journey of the Dwarves as they look to reclaim their lonely mountain home from the dragon Smaug, has brought in a total of $127.5 million in its two weeks of release.

Those numbers turn into a much different story when you add in the take from the foreign markets. The Hobbit has earned an estimated $276.3 million, which accounts for about 68.4% of the film’s $403.8 million worldwide gross.

Coming in at the second spot this week is the debut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Ron Burgundy and the gang pulled in an estimated $26.7 million. I think what hurt the film’s weekend number is its Wednesday release, which is ideally not included in the weekend numbers. Since its release, the film has earned a total of $40 million.

This is an average of $7,635 per theater the film was shown in.

In the third position this week is Disney’s Frozen. Frozen brought in an estimated $19.2 million this weekend. The story, which is loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Snow Queen, has earned an estimated $191.6 million in its 5 weeks at the Box Office.

Internationally, it has earned an additional $152.6 million making its worldwide gross approximately $344.2 million.

Coming in the fourth position this weekend is David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which pulled in an estimate $19.1 million over the weekend. The film opened last week to a very limited release, 6 theaters to be exact, has earned a two week total of $20.2 million.

Rounding out the Top 5 this weekend is Disney’s live action tale Saving Mr. Banks which tells the story of Walt Disney and bestselling author P.L. Travers as they worked together to bring the classic Mary Poppins to life.

Saving Mr. Banks earned an estimated $9.32 million this weekend. As is the case with American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks was released in very limited release last week, so its two week total is approximately $9.95 million.

Also debuting this week is Twentieth Century Fox’s Walking With Dinosaurs 3D. The film is about what life was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. In the story, an underdog dinosaur triumphs to become a hero for the ages.

Walking With Dinosaurs 3D pulled in an estimated $7.3 million this weekend.

Also debuting this weekend was Dhoom 3, the first Bollywood film to ever be released in IMAX format. In the 236 theaters that it was released in, it was able to pull an estimated $3.3 million; which is approximately $14,004 per theater.

Releasing in very limited theaters this week are Joaquin Phoenix’s latest film Her and Personal Tailor, a Chinese comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang.

Her pulled in an estimated $258,000, while Personal Tailor pulled in approximately $104,000.

Here is a look at the remainder of the Top Box Office this weekend courtesy of IMDB.com and Box Office Mojo.

  Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $31.5 million $127.5 million 2
2 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $26.8 million $40 million 1
3 Frozen $19.2 million $191.6 million 5
4 American Hustle $19.1 million $20.2 million 2
5 Saving Mr. Banks $9.32 million $9.95 million 2
6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $8.75 million $371.7 million 5
7 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas $8.51 million $28.3 million 2
8 Walking With Dinosaurs $7.30 million $7.30 million 1
9 Dhoom 3 $3.31 million $3.31 million 1
10 Thor: The Dark World $1.33 million $200.8 million 7

 

Tags: American Hustle Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Frozen Movies Saving Mr. Banks The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Thor: The Dark World Walking With Dinosaurs