“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” survived an almost a 3 hour running time and convoluted plot to still pull in a massive $73.7 million which put it in first place in the weekend box office race. This is the second film in the “Hobbit” series. A third film will be released in the summer of 2014.
With $22.2 million on the books from this weekend, giving it a grand total of $164.4 million for four weeks in release, Disney’s animated fairy tale “Frozen” continues to out perform estimates and draw big crowds among adults as well as kids. This is Disney’s first animated fairy tale since “Sleeping Beauty” in 1959. It may put Disney back in the animated movie market place for this type of family entertainment. In third place from the weekend was “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” with $16 million.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” finished fourth with $13,2 million, which gives it $357 million for four weeks. In fifth place was “Thor: The Dark World” with $2.7 million. For more detail about the weekend box office results, click on the link below.
One of the films opening up later this week is the much-anticipated “Saving Mr. Banks” about the making of the movie “Mary Poppins. The film stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.