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'The Hobbit' sequel soars over 'Frozen,' 'Madea' at weekend box office

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ soared over Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’ to top the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures released Monday.

The fantasy sequel based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel grossed $73.6 million in ticket sales on its opening weekend. However, ‘Smaug’ did fall short of equaling ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ which earned $84.6 million on the same weekend last year.

After spending last weekend at No. 1, Disney’s animated 3D comedy adventure ‘Frozen’ slipped to No. 2 in its fourth weekend, earning $22.5 million for a total of $164.7 million since opening in limited release Nov. 22.

‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmasdebuted at No. 3 with $16 million.

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ dropped two spots to No. 4 in its fourth weekend, earning $13.6 million for a total of $357.5.8 million since opening Nov. 22.

‘Thor: The Dark World’ dipped one spot to No. 5 in its sixth weekend, earning $2.8 million for a total of $198.2 million since opening Nov. 8.


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