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Weekend box office: 'Hobbit' takes top spot again for Christmas

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This Christmas weekend was a busy one at the movies, with several new films opening and many big ones still dominating. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” ended up on top again, grossing $29.8 million Friday-Sunday. The second film in “The Hobbit” trilogy has been number one for three weeks in a row now, and with the film industry entering its annual slow season, it could still perform high in the box office ranks in the weeks to come.

As for new movies, none of the films released on Christmas Eve or Christmas day really came close to such films as “The Hobbit”, “Frozen”, or “Anchorman 2”, but they still did well. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”, a black comedy based on a true story and starring Scorsese favorite Leonardo DiCaprio, debuted with $18.5 million-- $34.3 million if you include the numbers from earlier in the week. Meanwhile, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, directed by and starring Ben Stiller and based on a short story, came in behind it in seventh. It grossed $13 million over the three day weekend and $25.5 million the whole week. The Keanu Reeves’ samurai flick “47 Ronin” grossed $9.8 million, the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone boxing comedy “Grudge Match” debuted with $7.3 million, and the Justin Bieber documentary “Believe” only made $2.01 million, not even making the top twelve.

The complete list of the top 12 films at the box office this weekend is below. Earnings reflect the three day weekend Friday, December 27 through Sunday, December 29. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”: $29.8 million

2. “Frozen”: $28.8 million

3. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”: $20.1 million

4. “American Hustle”: $19.5 million

5. “The Wolf of Wall Street”: $18.5 million

6. “Saving Mr. Banks”: $14.02 million

7. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”: $13 million

8. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: $10.2 million

9. “47 Ronin”: $9.8 million

10. “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Christmas”: $7.4 million

11. “Grudge Match”: $7.3 million

12. “Walking with Dinosaurs”: $7.1 million

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

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