There were two big movies set to come out this week and both movies were able to get into the top 5 with a no surprise movie grabbing the top spot.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smug (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPVWy1tFXuc) premieres at the top spot with around $73.6 million. This is the 2nd highest opening in the Lord of the Rings series, falling short of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which premiered at $84.6 million. The movie currently has better reviews then the first one with a 74% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, but it still falls short compared to the original trilogy.
Dropping to #2 is Frozen (Clip ‘No Heat Experience’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ijR6Gh-fcs) with around $22.1 million, bringing the 4-week total to $164.3 million. Frozen is still having a good run at the box office and pleasing the audiences of all ages with it’s 89% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie should do well at least until the end of the month as it’s a good one for the family to see for the holidays.
Coming in at #3 is the premiere of Madea’s Christmas (Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zFenzWARtc) with around $16 million. This is the worst opening for a Madea-lead movie and it explains why it only has a 20% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.
Dropping to #4 is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Clip ‘They Will Kill Us’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFh76fnRvUo) with around $13.1 million, bringing the 4-week total to $356.8 million. The movie is slowing down it’s steam at the box office as other big movies have been coming out, but the movie still is moving up the charts and should be able take the #2 highest box office next week from Despicable Me 2.
Rounding out the top 5 is Thor: The Dark World (Clip ‘Thor asks for help’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC3D84iGh7U) with around $2.7 million. This brings the 6-week total to $198.1 million. Thor was able to get back into the top 5 with the lack of other movies at the box office. Next week, though, it should fall out and soon end it’s disappointing run at the office.
There are 4 big movies set to come out this week. Ron Burgandy moves to the 80’s in Anchorman 2; David O. Russell’s new masterpiece American Hustle; the story of a man who falls in love with his computer in Her; Walt Disney tries to convince PL Tavers to let him adapt her story Marry Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks. All 4 movies are highly anticipated with the last three movies surely going to make it to Oscar night. It’s hard to know who will grab the top spot but I think American Hustle and Anchorman 2 will give The Desolation of Smaug a run.
*all totals are from boxofficemojo.com
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