Weekend Box Office Report: 'The Hobbit' (Ironically) Stands Tall

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Even with two heavyweights still pulling in big numbers from the box office, the second installment in The Hobbit trilogy had little trouble making its way to the top of the charts this weekend, and even left some decent revenues for its companion new release and the holdout films.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned right in its projected range at $73.6 million; it’s not the $84.6 million that the first installment made on its opening weekend last year, but given that two very popular films are still attracting decent numbers, earning this much is still quite the feat.

The Hobbit was chased by Frozen, which was knocked down to second-highest revenues of $22.1 million, and sits at a total of $164.3 million so far. This weekend’s other new release, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, was able to earn a respectable pile of $16 million.

Among the other holdover films, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned the most at $13.1 million this weekend, and a total of $356.9 million. After that came the ever-tenacious Thor: The Dark World, which earned another $2.7 million for a sum of $198.1 million.

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