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In a theatrical game of Tolkien thrones, first place has been a cinching matter for the Middle Earth franchise. But striving rotations at second place forwards a battle royal plot take these past weeks.

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At its third continuing week "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" sustains a winning prominence on ticket-sales. The latest installment adapted from author J.R.R. Tolkien's seminal book series reached a recent millions on a $29.8 attainment over the recent three-day Dec. 27 to Dec. 29.

Paramount's "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and Disney's "Frozen" remain the close runner-ups to the Bilbo Baggins epic. But the week-ago box office-toppling power owned by the comedic story of Ron Burgundy with a claim at $20.1 mil couldn't run a twopeat at second, or elbow aside dwarves versus Smaug enthusiasms.

Meanwhile, Disney's current animated movie took back second place at $28.8 million behind Middle Earth franchiser.

The unresoluted dominance by "The Desolation of Smaug" gets a raised-brow shared-experience alongside the revelation that the late 2013s frontrunners composing the buzz hefty talk of Oscar-nominations have began their box office rankings at fifth place.

With Leonardo DiCaprio at the lead star helm, "The Wolf of Wall Street" prefaces a New Year's entrance with only an $18.5 million accruement. The biopic is the fifth feature that teams director Martin Scorcese and DiCaprio. It's also eighth in the list of premieres of films that star Leonardo DiCaprio. "Inception" remains his best opening film.

The much-ado speculation for Ben Stiller's latest starring gig "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was only able to show a three-day garner of $13. million. With a personal best for film openers on the lead actor shoulders of Ben Stiller, the outstanding comedy "Tropic Thunder" is first off the list. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" slates at fourth.

A samurai-styled cut away from Oscar Awards contenders was the goal of Universal's would-be winter blockbuster "47 Ronin" was only able to slice a pie-piece of commercial intake showing $9.8 million. The fantasy energized action-dramatizer had well-known genre-bending star Keanu Reeves to carry its martial arts fare. Instead Universal's endeavor didn't curry the hunger for more theatrical adrenalizers within the overlapping fanfared hunger for Smaug-fighting dwarves.

As being a bonus for the Christmas Day movie crowd, both "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" fell short of holiday expectations.

Down the ranks listing all-time openers on Christmas Day, far down at 15th stands the Walter Mitty adaptation and at barely making 10th is the film based on personal exploits written by Jordan Belfort.

The Christmas best list is topped off at its lead rankings respectively by filmmaker Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes", 2012s "Les Miserable" and the western-vendetta "Django Unchained" from director and producer Quentin Tarrantino.

New Year's holiday starting on Jan. 1 will present a different alignment of title holders and records makers.

Along the headway going towards a New Year's holiday crowd, the literature adaptations that lead the commercial pack face off not against a comic book transitioner, but the horror franchise flick "Paranormal Activities: The Marked Ones".



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