There was little doubt that The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug would top the US box office this weekend. The only question was how much it would take. There was a lot of disagreement going into the weekend, with some suggesting it could take as much as $80 million, while others thought it would struggle to make $70 million.
In the end it made a strong but not as spectacular as some had expected $73.6 million. It’s certainly not a disaster, and with a strong international showing it’s likely to end up grossing around the same as the billion pounds the first movie took worldwide. It’s also true that the film faced strong holdovers from Catching Fire and Frozen, which may have affected it opening, but it should make up some US ground over the coming week.
The only other new opener was Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which disappointed with $16 million. Most of Perry’s other Madea movies have had $25+ million openings, so despite the festive theme, it seems audiences aren’t that interested.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of December 13th-15th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug||$73.6||$73.6|
|3||Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas||$16.0||$16.0|
|4||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||$13.1||$356.9|
|5||Thor: The Dark World||$2.7||$198.1|
|6||Out Of The Furnace||$2.3||$9.4|
|9||The Book Thief||$1,6||$14.8|