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Mania Box Office Report: Bilbo Beats Burgundy

More to this Hobbit

By Robert T. Trate     December 23, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo


Smaug is the King of the Box Office!
© Warner Bros.

It seems that there is more to this particular Hobbit than meets the eye. Yes, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has beaten the premiere weekend of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. In all fairness, the sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey did have an unfair advantage over Ron Brugundy and his cronies. They are in 386 more theaters. It looks as if the Desolation of Smaug is follwing in the first Hobbit’s foot steps. Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo had this to report:

In its second weekend in theaters, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug added an estimated $31.4 million. That's off 57 percent from last weekend, which is identical to the first Hobbit's drop at the same point. Smaug has so far earned $127.5 million, which is off 15 percent from the first movie's pace.

Playing at 3,507 locations, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opened to $26.8 million this weekend. That's below the first Anchorman's $28.4 million debut, though it's not an apples-to-apples comparison: Anchorman 2burned off some demand with a Wednesday start, and opening weekends in December are historically much lower than those in July (when the first movie opened)”.


 

Rank

 

Movie

 

Weekend

 

Theaters

 

Average

 

Total

 

Budget

1

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

$31,505,278

3,928

$8,021

$127,550,695

-

2

Anchorman 2

 

$26,776,000

3,507

$7,635

$40,000,000

$50

3

Frozen (2013)

 

$19,642,107

3,540

$5,549

$192,034,117

$150

4

American Hustle

 

$19,106,933

2,507

$7,621

$20,220,301

$40

5

Saving Mr. Banks

 

$9,344,381

2,110

$4,429

$9,969,867

$35

6

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 

$8,764,479

2,949

$2,972

$371,718,275

$130

7

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

 

$8,384,980

2,194

$3,822

$28,155,257

-

8

Walking With Dinosaurs

 

$7,091,938

3,231

$2,195

$7,091,938

-

9

Dhoom 3

 

$3,152,590

236

$13,358

$3,152,590

-

10

Thor: The Dark World

 

$1,341,763

1,116

$1,202

$200,779,871

$170



We have the holiday to contend with this week as well as the return of Keanu Reeves. Can you believe that he is playing “The One” in yet another film?! It could be good popcorn fun. Look for Mania’s review of 47 Ronin

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hanso 12/23/2013 6:04:40 PM

 47 ronin looks like balls, and that it will bomb.

Anchorman 2 was hilarious.  Go see it!

CaptAmerica04 12/23/2013 8:07:52 PM

Still can't believe they released Thor: Dark World in November.  I feel like, as awesome as it was, it would've made more money with a spring or summer release.  But perhaps my argument is invalid considering that THG: Catching Fire did so well.  Different audiences?

47 Ronin looks like an insult to both The Matrix and everything that Akira Kurasawa ever did.  And that takes some serious effort to disrespect two such disparate ends of the cinema spectrum.

 

SinisterPryde 12/23/2013 10:40:23 PM

I was mildly excited for 47 Ronin until I watched Man of Tai Chi.  While Reeves isn't directing Ronin his acting in the former really eliminated much of the interest I had in the latter.

dalgoda 12/24/2013 4:12:06 AM

I think Thor: Dark World lost some business coming out so close to Catching Fire.  Still a big success and improvement over the first Thor.

Dazzler 12/24/2013 4:13:00 AM

Thor beat it's budget in USA, and international is gravy on top of that, no worries there for another. 

Wiseguy 12/24/2013 5:46:06 AM

I'm still checking out 47 Ronin, gotta support my man Keanu, he is the ONE. Expectations have so much to do with how much we enjoy a film and all you mofos have my expectations through the cellar so I think I'll enjoy it.

But I also HAVE to see Wolf of Wall Street, Lone Survivor, Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

 

lazarus 12/24/2013 7:32:50 AM

He is NEO, he is Klatuu, he is Constantine, he is ...well the same character in a lot of his movies. Much like Cruise. He can act, given the part is written for him.

lazarus 12/24/2013 7:34:55 AM

I need to take that back. I just did a film search on him and damn he has been in a lot of movies. Wow.

Wiseguy 12/24/2013 8:02:56 AM

Watched Devil's Advocate a couple of nights back again. I thought he was excellent there.  I think the dude is a good actor. It helps like laz said if the role is written for him but I've liked a bunch of his movies from action to drama and even comedy

VinJoy 12/26/2013 6:13:41 AM

Keanu was great in Street Kings. And that November movie. He was a violent hillbilly and showed some dynamic in his acting in The Gifted. He is a fine actor.

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