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Mania Box Office Report: Return of the Hobbit!

Bilbo and Smaug Rule

By Robert T. Trate     December 29, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo

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

It seems that the King/ Hobbit has truly returned. It was a close holiday week/ weekend, but Peter Jackson’s Hobbit sequel beat Frozen again. It seemed like this year there wasn’t a big push for Christmas Day releases. Last year we had both Django Unchained and Les Miserables as our must see movies post Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This year there was just 47 Ronin and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Sure Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues snuck itself in right before Christmas, but as Oscar race/ big holiday movies go it was tame. 

Ray Suber of Box Office Mojo had this report on the holiday totals: “The second Hobbit movie took first place for the third-straight weekend—the only other movie to accomplish this feat in 2013 was fellow Warner Bros. release Gravity.The Hobbit added $29.9 million, which is off seven percent from the first Hobbit on the same weekend last year. The Desolation of Smaug has now earned over $190 million, and remains on pace for a final tally north of $250 million.

Disney Animation's Frozen continues to exceed even the most optimistic expectations. The animated sensation increased 47 percent to $28.8 million; among fifth weekends, that figure ranks third all-time behind Avatar ($42.8 million) and Titanic ($30 million). The movie is benefiting not only from great word-of-mouth, but also from a void of legitimate family entertainment—Saving Mr. Banks turned out to be too mature, while Walking with Dinosaurs never really clicked with audiences”.
















The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug








Frozen (2013)








Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues








American Hustle








The Wolf of Wall Street








Saving Mr. Banks








The Secret Life of Walter Mitty








The Hunger Games: Catching Fire








47 Ronin








Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas







We have two genre picks this week and they are both horror movies. So Maniacs, will it be Open Grave, with District 9’s Shartlo Copley, or Paranormal Activity: The Marked One? 


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almostunbiased 12/29/2013 8:41:18 PM

I haven't seen a movie since the Hobbit.

monkeyfoot 12/30/2013 5:11:44 AM

 I actually finally made it to Hobbit 2 this weekend and loved it. Saw it in the HFR  3D format which was also good for me.

goirish83 12/30/2013 7:12:23 AM

Went to see "American Hustle", a very good movie with great acting.  Jennifer Lawrence is amazing, and she should clear room on the mantle for another Oscar.

Miner49er 12/30/2013 10:03:34 AM

 December is always way too busy for me. Not so much with prep for Christmas festivities but with work which includes trips up north. Last two movies I saw was Thor and Delivery Man. Wanted to see Ender's Game but missed it in the first run theater. I got lots of catching up to do. Definitely want to see Hunger Games 2, Hobbit 2, and Anchorman 2. Want to give the Disney flicks a try as well. Curious what Disney did with the Snow Queen.

ElBaz13 12/30/2013 12:05:27 PM

Disney is so smart to have Frozen in there. Not many family movies (young kids) since Thanksgiving. And during the holidays, some families like to go to the movies.

I'm sure if Turbo had opened 2 weeks ago, it probably would have made more cash,

Boombatty 12/30/2013 2:19:35 PM

 Wow, Robert, great article, must be really difficult each week to plagarize Ray Subers of BoxOfficeMojo word for word. 






momitchell7 12/31/2013 2:20:10 PM

 If you're looking for something beyond Frozen and The Hobbit to see with your kids and enjoy yourself, definietly check Walter Mitty... my two young kids (11 and 7) both loved it as did my wife and I.





ElBaz13 1/1/2014 11:33:36 AM

 Thanks for the tip. Might take the kids. They are familiar with Ben Stiller with the museum movies. 

Dazzler 1/2/2014 3:52:51 AM

How did Grudge Match do?  I saw that yesterday and it was great, for me anyway.  Rocky vs Red Bull or raging bull or whatever.  Good story, Shane is in it from Walking dead.  I have a thing for Michelle Pifer also.  Fun movie.  I wonder if they had to make a deal on who would win the fight in it?  



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