The Desolation of Smaug managed to hold off all comers over the Christmas weekend to stay on top for the third week in a row. The movie only lost 5.3% from last weekend with another $29.9 for the weekend and is close to making over $200 million. Frozen took second place with $28.8 million and Anchorman 2 dropped to third with $20.2 million. American Hustle stayed in fourth with $19.6 million and the similarly themed Wolf of Wall St. was the best new debut with $18.5 million, $34.3 for total, down significantly from the other big Leonardo DiCaprio movie from last Christmas, Django Unchained and it was probably hindered a little by it’s 3 hour run time, giving it less screen time to make money. For the other Christmas releases, they all did fairly poorly. Walter Mitty came in seventh place with $13 million for the weekend, $25.6 million total, one of the lowest debuts for Ben Stiller, acting and directing wise. 47 Ronin, with a ridiculous $200 million budget, only made $9.9 million for the weekend, $20 for the weekend, making it one of the biggest bombs of the year. Grudge Match was a shocking bomb, seemingly the perfect family comedy for the Christmas weekend but it only made $7.3 for the weekend and $13.4 million total and it didn’t even make the top 10. Justin Bieber also bombed horribly with his latest documentary, Believe, that only made $2 million for the weekend and $4.3 million total, nowhere near what Never Say Never made it’s opening weekend. Things should be slowing down over the next month now that the Christmas movie rush is over.
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.