‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Frozen’ Continue Box Office Dominance Over Holiday Newcomers

The Hobbit

As families continued to flock to movie theaters over the post-holiday weekend, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen held strong to fend off a bevy of newcomers. $29,850,000 in receipts was enough to give The Hobbit its third straight first-place finish and Frozen wasn’t far behind with $28,450,000, which represents an impressive 46.9% increase over last weekend.

The weekend’s highest ranking debut was Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which landed at #5 with $18,510,000 in sales. The $100 million film has made $34 million since opening on Christmas Day, which I suppose isn’t a terrible start considering the subject matter and three hour runtime. Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty debuted at #7 with $13 million, while the Keanu Reeves samurai flick 47 Ronin was the financial disaster we all expected. The $200 million production could only muster $9.8 million for a 9th place finish.

Joining 47 Ronin in flop city are the Stallone/De Niro boxing comedy Grudge Match, which pulled in $7.3 million for a 11th place finish, and Believe, the latest Justin Bieber documentary. Believe earned a meager $2 million, a far cry from Never Say Never‘s $29 million opening in 2011. Does this signal the end of Bieber Fever? Discuss that and check out the full list of box office estimates after the jump.

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – $29,850,000
2. Frozen – $28,845,000
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – $20,150,000
4. American Hustle – $19,550,000
5. The Wolf of Wall Street – $18,510,000
6. Saving Mr. Banks – $14,021,000
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – $13,000,000
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $10,200,000
9. 47 Ronin – $9,869,000
10. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas – $7,400,000

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