Box Office Aftermath: ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Rises Above the Competition

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Rounding out weekend of December 13-15, 2013, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug dominated over the competition, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.

Although The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug turned out a pretty good weekend for itself – $73.64 million – it didn’t meet the opening ticket sales its predecessor, An Unexpected Journey, was able to muster up last year – $84.6 million. There were a lot of expectations that were not met last year, and what we are most likely seeing with The Desolation of Smaug is the fallout from its delivery. I don’t blame folks from being cautious on this sequel, and we will most likely see a big drop in retention with Anchorman 2, Saving Mr. Banks, and American Hustle debuting this coming weekend.

Frozen fell to second place this weekend, but only by 28 percent. Adding another $22.56 million to its total domestic gross, the Disney Animation Studios darling has now crossed over its production budget into the green area. It still has a long way to go before it catches up to Despicable Me 2 ($367 million) or Monsters University ($268 million), but it is closing in on The Croods ($187 million). It definitely has the momentum to reach near the $200 million mark.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas has a pretty miserable opening weekend despite coming in third place. Out of the 15 films from Tyler Perry, A Madea Christmas is the 12th best opener from the brand, earning only $16 million this weekend. It would appear the Tyler Perry name is not as strong as once believed. Hopefully it will be the last Madea movie in a long time until we see A Madea Funeral.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came in at fourth place with $16 million. The film is still $50 million behind the first film I would assume we won’t be seeing it reach the $408 million it needs. However, Catching Fire has grossed more worldwide, $730 million, than The Hunger Games, $691 million.

Capping off the top five, Thor: The Dark World continues to find an audience in its sixth weekend, coming in $2 million shy of $200 million domestic. Taking in $2.82 million, The Dark World should make it to $200 million by the end of the week.

In it’s second weekend, Out of the Furnace slips 53 percent to sixth. Grossing only an additional $2.45 million, Out of the Furnace is all but dead.

As Oscar season approaches, Saving Mr. Banks and American Huslte made their limited theater debut. American Hustle took in quite the wad of cash — $740 thousand — for opening in only six theaters. Comparatively, Saving Mr. Banks opened to 15 theaters and only took in $413 thousand; not that impressive for the House of Mouse.

(Click the image below to enlarge the chart. All figures are domestic box office.)

Weekend Box Office Results 2013 December 15

Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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