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Weekend box office: 'Hobbit' sequel dominates while 'Madea Christmas' falls flat

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This weekend, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was, not surprisingly, the number one film at the box office with $73.6 million. It isn’t surprising because Middle-Earth still has thousands of loyal fans from when “The Lord of the Rings” movies captured the attention of critics and moviegoers last decade. However, this film, which is a sequel to last year’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the middle part of a new trilogy, could still be considered a disappointment. It did not perform nearly as well as its predecessor, which opened with over $10 million more. While the future may not be looking quite as bright for “The Hobbit” trilogy, it was still a big movie this weekend, and one of the biggest this holiday season.

Tyler Perry’s a Madea Christmas” was the weekend’s other big new release, but it also wasn’t really that successful. Debuting at $16 million, it had one of the lowest openings for a Tyler Perry movie, especially one starring Madea. Competition from “The Hobbit” may have been a factor, but probably not a big one; this could be the first sign that the character is starting to lose its appeal.

Meanwhile, “Frozen”, the animated Disney musical that was number one at the box office last weekend, dropped to second this weekend with $22.1 million. “American Hustle”, which is being lauded as one of the best movies of the year, opened in six theaters this weekend, but still managed to come in fifteenth with $690,000, while the also well-received “Nebraska” jumped to thirteenth with $850,000 after expanding to more theaters nationwide.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”: $73.6 million

2. “Frozen”: $22.1 million

3. “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Christmas”: $16 million

4. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: $13.1 million

5. “Thor: The Dark World”: $2.7 million

6. “Out of the Furnace”: $2.3 million

7. “Delivery Man”: $1.8 million

8. “Philomena”: $1.7 million

9. “The Book Thief”: $1.67 million

10. “Homefront”: $1.63 million

11. “Dallas Buyers Club”: $1.1 million

12. “The Best Man Holiday”: $1 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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