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Box Office Report: 'Hobbit' On Top for Third-Straight Weekend

This year, five new nationwide releases were delivered on Christmas Day. By the weekend, however, audiences had turned their attention back to blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen.

This year, five new nationwide releases were delivered on Christmas Day. By the weekend, however, audiences had turned their attention back to blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen.

The second Hobbit movie took first place for the third-straight weekend, adding $29.9 million for a total of $190.3 million, and remains on track to ultimately make north of $250 million. Overseas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug added $98.3 million for an international total of $423.8 million and a worldwide total of $614.1 million.

In second place, Disney Animation's Frozen continues to exceed expectations, taking in $28.8 million. Among 2013 releases, Frozen now ranks seventh with $248.4 million, and is guaranteed to close with over $300 million. Overseas, Frozen had its best weekend yet, taking in $50.5 million with Brazil, Japan and China still on the way. To date, Frozen has earned $243.5 million overseas, and will pass $500 million worldwide on Monday.

Paramount’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues took third place with $20.2 million. Through 12 days, the comedy sequel has earned $83.7 million, and is well on its way to pass the original movie's $85.3 million.

David O. Russell's American Hustle held on to fourth place, bringing Sony $19.6 million. So far, the star-studded 1970s caper has earned $60 million.

Among the Christmas Day releases, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street led the pack with $18.5 million ($34.3 million five-day).

After a slow start, Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks came in sixth place, taking in $14 million. Through 10 days, Banks has earned $37.8 million, meeting the film’s $35 million production costs.

Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opened in seventh place with $13 million ($25.6 million five-day). Coinciding with its domestic debut, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opened to $27.2 million overseas. 

Now in its sixth week at the domestic box office, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came in eighth place, bringing in $391.1 million.

Universal's long-delayed big-budget samurai movie 47 Ronin earned only $9.9 million ($20.6 million five-day). Overseas, 47 Ronin added an additional $13.8 million this weekend for a new international total of $22.3 million.

Grudge Match, the Robert DeNiro/Sylvester Stallone boxing comedy, took in just $7.3 million ($13.4 million five-day).

Fox’s CG adventure Walking with Dinosaurs came in 12th place at the domestic box office, earning $7.1 million for a total of $20.8 million. Overseas the film grossed $12.3 million for an international total of $33.4 million.

Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.

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